Johns Creek 30, Chattahoochee 16

By David Purdum / For the AJC

Chase Solomon’s fourth-quarter touchdown run lifted Johns Creek to a 30-16 comeback win over host Chattahoochee on Friday.

On a 4th and 2, Solomon took a handoff on an option play and sprinted 23 yards to give the Gladiators  (5-0, 2-0 6-AAAAAA) their first lead of the game with nine minutes left in the game.

Chattahoochee drove into Johns Creek territory on the ensuing drive, but Sam Arrington’s big hit on Chase Nelson jarred the ball loose, and Michael Salomon recovered the fumble.

Three plays later, Skye Overton hooked up with Bradon Fortin on a clinching 28-yard touchdown pass to secure the undefeated Gladiators’ first win over Chattahoochee in three tries.

“This is a great step for us, but we don’t have anytime to rest,” said Gladiators coach Mike Cloy. “We’ve got a week off and then face West Forsyth, who is scoring like 200 points a game.”

Chattahoochee (3-2, 1-1 6-AAAAAA) led for the majority of three quarters. The Cougars had multiple chances to break the game open, but had to settle for field goals on two drives deep inside Gladiators’ territory, including on one third-quarter possession that started at the Johns Creek 6 yard line.

The defensive stand fired up the Gladiator offense, which marched 80 yards on 11 plays and tied the game on a 6-yard touchdown run by Overton at the end of the third quarter.

“That is where the momentum changed,” said Chattahoochee coach Terry Crowder. “We had an opportunity to kind of stretch our lead and couldn’t take advantage.”

The Cougars controlled the first half, using the running combo of Travis Marshall and Chase Nelson to keep the ball away from Johns Creek. Chattahoochee ran 15 more plays and had the ball for close to eight minutes more than the Gladiators in the first half, yet led just 10-9 at the half. Marshall had a 3-yard touchdown run, and Adam Abdellaoul kicked three field goals for the Cougars.

Will Somers tackled Marshall in the end zone for a safety to put Johns Creek on the board. Somers also had an interception, which setup the Gladiators’ go-ahead scoring drive in the fourth quarter.

Region 6-AAAAAA teams are off next week. Chattahoochee will travel to South Forsyth on Oct. 12, while Johns Creek will host fellow unbeaten West Forsyth in what will be a big game.

“No time to rest for us with  West Forsyth next,” said Johns Creek coach Mike Cloy.

Johns Creek     0          9          7          14        –          30

Chattahoochee                        3          7          6          0          –          16

C – Adam Abdellaoul 21 field goal


JC – Will Somers tackles Travis Marshall in end zone for safety

C – Marshall 3 run (Abdellaoul kick)

JC – Andrew Szambelan 19 pass from Skye Overton (Kyle Fowler kick)


C – Abdellaoul 32 field goal.

JC – Overton 6 run (Fowler kick)


JC – Chase Solomon 23 run (Fowler kick)

JC – Bradon Fortin 23 pass from Overton (Fowler kick)

27 comments Add your comment


September 29th, 2012
12:05 am

JCHS played a good game and executed when it counted. However they are not the juggernaut that everyone else has made them out to be. Solid football team at best. I feel West Forsyth will hand them there you know what.

Proud of all the boys and coaches at Hooch. Keep your heads up and get ready for South Forsyth. You all played great and had the support of the entire school and community.


September 29th, 2012
2:16 am

Hey Copern – way to represent the true Hooch way – sour grapes. We whipped your boyz – at your stadium (for the 2nd year in a row) after hearing your bragging for 2 years. The game was yours in hand and you score 9 points off 3 turnovers – 2 inside the 5 yard line. We spotted you the lead and you choked on it. Feel that baby!

That steady stream of gold exiting the stadium with 5 minutes to go in the game was priceless!


September 29th, 2012
4:36 am

Prototypical JCHS win – they lull you to sleep with disciplined play, then, when opportunity presents itself, excellence revealed.
Chattahoochee, we can’t hear you………………..

Gladiator 1

September 29th, 2012
7:12 am

You would think someone using the name “Copernicus” would be smart and honest. Apparently Copernicus is neither. Holding Hooch to two field goals in the redzone is not the mark of a “solid” football team, its a team with a great defense. Hooch fans try be a good losers for once!!

Just an observer

September 29th, 2012
7:14 am

Not from Hooch or Johns Creek, just at the game watching my nephew who plays for JC. Before the games started, I was embarrassed to sit on the Gladiator side. Many of the JC fans and even the players (#67 I recall for example) disrespected the national anthem. Then to top if off during pregame as the Special Forces Major gave a fantastic speech and presented a US flag to coaches from both Teams at mid field, the Gladiator fans continue cheer and dance around. That was disappointed and very telling about the lack of class and leadership maturity. The game itself was good. The JC QB has an arm, can run and is a thinker. Good play mix up, solid tackling and fine execution by the JC QB.


September 29th, 2012
8:44 am

Watched the game on TV last night. That was an exciting HS football game.

After the offensive fireworks, many JC players on that side will get well-deserved credit. However, I think #54 on JC (nosetackle – don’t even know the young man’s name), deserves a heck of a lot of credit. After getting toasted early by the run, JC’s defense stepped up and shut it down, and it was led by that young man, who played a heck of a game.

As a former HS lineman, maybe I watch those interior guys more than most. I think that young man deserves a shout out for helping to turn the tide of that game.

As for the first poster – wow – nuff said.

@Just an Observer

September 29th, 2012
9:42 am

Hey Just an Observer, do us a favor and don’t come to any more games if you are going to be disparaging about the fans and the team. The Hooch fans were so loud they drowned out the announcer and NO ONE could hear what was going on or being said. Everyone was taken by surprise when the anthem started. How dare you single out one player as well. If you know anything about the two schools this was a HUGE rivalry game and both sides were charged up. The Hooch fans were loudly cheering and supporting their team as JC was. There was no blatant disrespect meant by any player or any student.

North Fulton Truth Sayer

September 29th, 2012
9:58 am

From a game perspective – props to JC – won the 4th quarter – did a better job capitalizing on the turnovers.

From a class perspective, you can tell Johns Creek hasn’t been here before. From the unsportsmanlike penalty when scoring the touchdown to the disrespecting of the national anthem, Johns Creek needs to grow up (like a Hooch little brother – finally won but didn’t know how to win with class). To their credit, it is typical of kids of privilege – spoiled by mommy and daddy, who also have a chip on their shoulders.

All I'm saying

September 29th, 2012
10:05 am

Veni, Vedi, Vici…


September 29th, 2012
11:10 am

Im sorry that you are dissapointed in your teams loss. Obviously you are a Hooch fan. It is a big rivalry everyone was reved up for the game. It is not our fault Hooch has crappy speakers on the away side. That is the only reason you couldn’t here the national anthem!


September 29th, 2012
11:20 am

A cougar talking about class is like a fish talking about a bicycle.

Is it class?

- to not introduce over the PA the national anthem b4 ur singer starts
- for ur players to stand on the visitor sidelines and stare down the visitor stands with various hand gestures
- to raid a Northview program of 3 starters with hardships (very classy)
- degrade the team u lose to when u can’t get it done on the field

North Fulton Truth Sayer

September 29th, 2012
11:25 am

I have no affiliation with any team – I just enjoy North Fulton football. I do have a preference for Hooch, because of their history and the fact that they have survived the 3 spin offs. Also they have the most respectful fans whether in victory or defeat.

Johns Creek just has a lot of growing up to do – from their “over rated” chants in 2010, to the “we can’t hear you” chants this year.

At the end of the day – region 6 needs to savor the regular season. Region 7 awaits in the playoffs, and that has historically meant a disappointing end to the season.


September 29th, 2012
1:35 pm

@ North Fulton Truth…this is not lack of class. It is HS football rivalry at it’s best. Sure sometimes the kids and fans go a little too far but you seem to forget the Hooch chants and T shirts worn last year – “GLADI-HATERS”. “OVER RATED” was JC’s response to their chant. I think the highest class in this example goes to the fine kids of JC.

@Just an Observer… Not sure where you were sitting last night but I wasn’t even aware that the anthem had begun until well into it. The crowd was too large to see from where I was and I didn’t hear a thing until people started realizing it had started. In fact it was the large group of students in front of me that I saw trying to quieten everyone and alert us to the anthem. Regarding the flag presentation, I was totally unaware that this even occurred until read in these comments. Clearly Hooch should invest in a better PA system.

JC almost gifted the game to Hooch. However, the defense rose to the occasion each time they needed to. The JC offense turns the ball over on the 4 yard and Hooch’s scoring drive on the possession was MINUS 6 yards!?. Wow. Great job JC. JC made many mistakes last night. Not a good sign for Hooch when they lose to a JC team that played, overall, much less than they are capable of.

Hooch Alumn

September 29th, 2012
3:21 pm

The PA system is pretty bad at Hooch. I doubt the players or fans were disrespecting the flag and anthem on purpose.


September 29th, 2012
4:10 pm

Last time I checked, the game is over. Done. Finished. Johns Creek won because they simply played better in the second half. Yes, they made mistakes, as did Chattahoochee. But the Gladiators were never given any plays that they didn’t deserve. In fact, there were flags on two consecutive plays in which Johns Creek advanced down the field. However, regardless of the repeated 3rd downs and yardage penalties, the Gladiators STILL fought their way to a leading score on a 4th down completion to a TD. Hooch played extremely well, too, don’t get me wrong, but all of these people who are whining and complaining because the Cougars finish out as strong as the Gladiators last night, need to move on. What’s done is done. Johns Creek won. There’s a reason JC uses the slogan “Stay classy”.

Max Sizemore

September 29th, 2012
8:06 pm

Bring back Reece Hefner and Crestwood High.

Just an observer

September 29th, 2012
10:25 pm

To Hooch Alum, NF Fan and Class,…………I was sitting in the visitor stands with the Johns Creek Fans, and the PA system was loud and clear. Johns Creek, you have to pay attention and act with CLASS during the pregame as a Special Forces Major gives a speech and presents a US flag to coaches from both Teams at mid field. As well as shut up and quit dancing around during the National Anthem.


September 30th, 2012
6:16 pm

To just an observer… number 67 was simply singing the national anthem.. this shows absolutely no disrespect to anyone. He has been in chorus his entire highschool career and has even been an allstate singer for two years. The kids good. Thats nothin but class

Love High School Football

September 30th, 2012
10:47 pm

I have had kids from both of these schools. Currently at JCHS. Both schools need to realize how blessed they are and I observed good sportsmanship from both sides. Sure the kids tauted each other but that is just kids being kids. I was sitting on the JC side. Never heard one thing the announcer said. Never heard them announce the national anthem and stood up as soon as I realized what was happening. I truly don’t believe anyone there would intentially be disrespectful. They just could not hear what was being announced. Lets all move on . . .good luck to Hooch for the reminder of your season.


October 1st, 2012
4:04 pm


October 2nd, 2012
10:19 am

I hope that this is not true, but I heard a JC player spit in a CHS girls face. Anyone have comments on that? If that is true, JC has taken a HS football game to another level. Stay classy!

just like hooch

October 2nd, 2012
12:27 pm

Just like Hooch to make up a lie when they can’t accept a loss. That is SOOOO far from the truth. But again, the type of comment we would expect from a Hooch fan.


October 2nd, 2012
5:29 pm

What other lie? lol Cummon, make a good one. I can hear youuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!! LOL

NV grad parent

October 3rd, 2012
12:51 pm

We are all 1 community. Not yours, not theirs, not mine but ALL OF OURS. Our kids grow up together and many of us go to church together. I know good parents with good kids at both schools and thankfully know that is much more the norm than the exception. I’ve been astounded over past couple years by the use of this ‘football’ blog site as a forum for “a very few” Hooch people to trash JCHS seemingly because the new school exists. Fortunately, those same bloggers reresent a miniscule part of OUR COMMUNITY for they are a sad & pathetic bunch. John’s Creek community as a whole is much better than that.
As for last week’s game, what this site is allegedly about, Johns Creek defense whipped Hooch


October 3rd, 2012
2:27 pm

As I read your comment about the community of Johns Creek you almost had me convincend you were sincere. But again, your final line proved your true sentiment. LOL. True, JC beat CHS this year. Its about time!. Maybe all the articles will stop saying that JC in only their 1st yr, 2nd yr, 3rd yr, 4th yr has won! Hopefully the articles will not be saying “in only their 10th year of football, JCHS has won. By the way…..Good luck next week! We are all one community….Johns Creek. Stay Classy

NV grad parent

October 3rd, 2012
5:01 pm

My opinion of the football game I finally watched is just that, JC defense was the difference. Good luck to all 3 of our teams, NV , JCHS , CHS.


October 4th, 2012
8:05 am