DALTON, Ga. — Zack Cobb had an easy night. So did Gordon Lee quarterback Garret McAllister and Conner Coakley.
Their teammates — especially defensive mates — made it so.
The Trojans won 20-7 over Christian Heritage in the Lions' spectacular new stadium.
Cobb ran for 151 yards and a first-quarter touchdown on 19 carries. He also returned an interception 54 yards for a score. McAllister spent most of the evening handing the ball to Cobb and Coakley, who had 84 yards and a touchdown on four carries.
"Our kids fought, competed, did their jobs and made plays," Gordon Lee coach Charlie Wiggins said. "We played a physical 48 minutes."
The extra practice periods of preparing for the Lions' passing attack paid off. Christian Heritage quarterback Trevor Brown completed 8 of 19 passes for 114 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Gordon Lee sacked him five times and forced Brown to scramble on a handful of other occasions.
"It's a game we can learn from," Lions coach Preston Poag said. "It will help us."
Cobb gave Gordon Lee a 6-0 lead on a 4-yard run in the first quarter. CHS (4-2, 1-1) scored on a 16-yard pass from Brown to Nick Bartley. Cobb, wearing a white jersey, caught the next pass and returned it 54 yards for a 12-7 Trojans lead.
With 50 seconds remaining before halftime, and the Trojans 80 yards from the end zone, they were content to run a play or two and then head to the locker room. They perfectly executed a halfback isolation for Coakley.
"There was a huge hole on the left side," Coakley said. "Give that one to the O-line."
It gave the Trojans (5-1, 2-0) momentum going into halftime and into the second half. The Trojans' defense held the Lions to 44 total yards in the second half.
David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...