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Chestatee scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to hand No. 5-ranked Stephens County its first loss of the season in a 24-20 win on Friday in Toccoa.
Chestatee coach Stan Luttrell always tells his team “confidence comes from preparation,” and he said that he felt like his War Eagles were well-prepared to take on a talented Stephens County team.
“The biggest thing was getting the kids to believe in themselves,” Luttrell said. “We talked about Stephens County and how they’re known around the region for being a good program.”
Although the War Eagles trailed 7-3 at the half, Luttrell said they were able to tweak their offense to come out strong in the second half.
“We stuttered some in the first half, but after halftime, the offense picked up some of the slack and started rolling,” Luttrell said. “We made some adjustments with the offense, and the kids executed it.”
Chestatee (3-1, 2-0 Region 8-AAAA) executed Luttrell’s plan near the end of the game, led by quarterback Jordan Degraff and A.J. Sijiye.
Degraff scored twice for the War Eagles on a 45-yard and a 7-yard run before Sijiye scored the winning touchdown on a 10-yard run.
“We felt like this year we played a game or two with good defense and a game or two with good offense and we had to put those together to get the win,” Luttrell said.
The defense was able to hold Stephens County off completely in the first and third quarters.
“We played a full football game tonight,” Luttrell said. “They played very hard and they didn’t point fingers at each other when something went wrong.”
The win puts the War Eagles at the top of the Region 8-AAAA standings, tied with Monroe Area as the only other team that remains unbeaten in the region.
“We’ve put together two good wins now which puts us in a good region position, but there’s still a lot of football left to play,” Luttrell said.
Chestatee travels to Johnson next Friday in Oakwood.