Kell 19, Chattahoochee 8

Kell, ranked No. 4 in Class AAAAA, got a pair of first-half touchdown passes from Matthew McGuigan to Brendan Langley in the opener of the Corky Kell Classic and the defense did the rest in a 19-8 win.

The Longhorn secondary was as good as advertised, forcing Chattahoochee quarterback Travis Marshall into short passes most of the day, causing two turnovers and collecting a safety.

“For our front seven, it’s got to be a good feeling to look behind you and see those guys back there,” said Kell coach Derek Cook. “It’s hard to be wrong right now with them … We were able to take [Marshall's] eyes off the receivers to find the rush, and when he did that, we were able to converge on him.”

Marshall completed 14 of 18 passes, all but one of the completions coming on short-range passes. He finished with 101 passing yards and rushed for 56.

“Defensively, you take away that one series to start the second half- and that was on a short field – take that away and we played near perfect,” Cook said.

Langley, who said he was four weeks removed from a bout with mono, gave the defense more than enough cushion to work with.

The South Carolina commitment finished with 91 yards rushing, including 63 on a reverse early in the third quarter, to go with his four receptions for 64 yards and two touchdowns.

“I hope people realize now that so long as we keep playing as a team like we did today, they can look forward to us being back here in December,” Langley said.

Marshall, who earlier in the week committed to Navy, was sacked four times, including once for a second-quarter safety, and lost a fumble that led to Kell’s first score.

His third-down fumble on the Cougars’ first series was recovered at the Chattahoochee 43 by Kell’s Jay Moxley. Six plays later, McGuigan hit Langley on a swing pass and Langley sprinted 28 yards for the touchdown.

Kell drove to the Cougar 4-yard line midway through the second quarter before stalling and trying a 21-yard field goal, which was blocked by Chattahoochee’s Will Johnson.

Even that turned into a positive for Kell. On Chattahoochee’s first snap of the ensuring series, Kell’s Zach Cloer sacked Marshall for a 7-yard loss to the four, and on the next play Michael Valero wrapped up Marshall in the end zone for a safety and a 9-0 lead.

Langley’s 27-yard touchdown reception with 53 seconds left in the first half made it 16-0.

Chattahoochee’s lone score came on a 10-yard run by Chase Nelson in the third quarter.

Chattahoochee 0 0 8 0 – 8

Kell 7 9 0 3 – 19

K – Brendan Langley 28 pass from Matthew McGuigan (Cameron Massung kick)

K – Safety (Michael Valero sacked Travis Marshall in end zone)

K – Langley 27 pass from McGuigan (Massung kick)

C – Chase Nelson 10 run (Marshall run)

K – FG Massung 33

9 comments Add your comment


August 25th, 2012
4:27 pm


Well, well, well…my those Cougars failed big at the dome this morning. 8 points for the triple back threat with all those cute nicknames. Kell ruled from the first quarter all game.

LTrojan Fan

August 25th, 2012
9:21 pm

Langley was VERY impressive. He is an athlete!


August 26th, 2012
7:32 am

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August 26th, 2012
7:33 am

Kell played well and did not miss tackles. The field goal was blocked by Josh Hearn since the player named is a freshman at UTC. Unfortunately officiating played a role throughout the first quarter.


August 26th, 2012
8:00 am

Take notice UGA…best player in the game and may be the best corner in the State…Brendan Langley…goin to SC…C’mon Man / CRG…LOSING TOP POSITION PLAYERS FROM THE STATE EVERY YEAR!!!

that's crazy

August 26th, 2012
8:40 am

The ofiicials helped Kell win this game. If they did their job the way they should have, the outcome would have beena lot different. The Kell players were obnoxious on the field also with their excessive celebrating after their scores. The officials should have done something about that.

Bobo is Not the Problem

August 26th, 2012
9:08 am

Aww, “that’s crazy”, did the officials rob Cheatasuckee?? Really?? You big crybaby. Give me a break. That phantom interception they gave Cheatasuckee on the 10 yard line was the worst call all day. Marshall blew the game for you. AJC writer didn’t even mention one of the most pivotal plays, on 4th and 11 late in the 2nd qtr, when Marshall decided to run instead of punt and came up about 10 yards short as his slowness caused him to stumble while speedy defenders closed in on him. Keep Kell out of the end zone and you won’t have to worry about the phantom “excessive celebrating” you’re whining about. Get a better team and try again next year, crybaby.

Bobo is Not the Problem

August 26th, 2012
9:13 am

I love the success Kell’s coach has had, but it sickening to hear the ever-positive remarks like “we played near perfect.” Yeah, take away the series that you totally sucked on, and you do look a lot better. Any team in any game could say the same thing. The special teams continue to struggle. A blocked field goal, a terrible-looking field goal attempt, and giving the punter all day back there to run around and then boom one while the coverage got downfield were bad, though we did manage one long punt return somehow. We need to be less complacent like Mark Richt and more determined to fix our mistakes instead of laud our good play. And control your players and don’t have them mouthing off about being back here in December.


August 26th, 2012
10:36 am

If you could read within the context of the statement you would see that he was speaking of the defense when saying “played near perfect”, not the entire game. I spoke with Coach Cook after the game personally and he was pleased with the victory but concerned about the missed opportunities on offense and the FG miscues. The punt scheme that Hooch runs makes the punt return team make a choice….either rush the punter and free release the punt team, or do what they did, contain the punter and hold up the blockers as best they can until he punts. The one time he thought he could run it, he was tackled for a loss and Kell got the ball deep in Hooch territory. Looks like it worked for Kell with the big return and the foiled fake attempt.
As far as the players being excited after making big plays, I didn’t see any penalties from the refs, so it must not have been excessive.