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2013 Football Preview: Chattahoochee Cougars
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
August 27, 2013 01:36 PM | 1751 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>Wide receiver Collin Lisa will see increased action in Cougars’ new offense.
Staff / Erin Gray
Wide receiver Collin Lisa will see increased action in Cougars’ new offense.
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New Chattahoochee football head coach Mike Owens enters his first stint as a coach in the Johns Creek-area but brings a wealth of experience as a member of the Georgia prep football community. Owens has more than 30 years of experience coaching in Georgia, beginning his career as an assistant under Dave Hunter at now-defunct Peachtree High School in the early 1980s. He has worked at McEachern, Peachtree Ridge and his alma mater, Presbyterian College.

Prior to Chattahoochee, Owens served as an assistant at Brookwood from 2005 to 2012 and was part of a staff that led the Broncos to the state title game in 2006 and an eventual Class AAAAA title in 2010. Owens worked on both the offensive and defensive units during his tenure at Brookwood.

“I’ve lived in this area for a long time,” said Owens. “Chattahoochee has a strong tradition and the entire community is involved. We have a great administration here as well.”

On the field, senior wide receiver Collin Lisa has emerged as one of the top players in the state. He led the team in receiving yards last year and has been named to numerous preseason All-Region teams. The starting quarterback for Chattahoochee will be senior Taz Wilson, who is entering his first season with the Cougars and moved in from Las Vegas, Nev. “Taz is an unknown quantity but he’s shown a lot of leadership and is a strong person who fits in with the team. We’re expecting big things out of him, ” Owens said.

The running back trio of Chase Nelson, Kieron Ashley and Montel Williams will run behind an offensive line that must rebuild after graduations.

The defensive line and secondary will welcome new players but the linebacker unit for the Cougars will be led by four returning starters, including junior Josh Weisberg.

Chattahoochee starts the season on the biggest stage in Georgia when the Cougars will face off against Kell at the Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome on Aug. 24. “The Classic is going to be a great way to kick off the season,” said Owens. “We’re competing against Cobb and Gwinnett schools for state championships so this is a way for us to face the toughest competition.”
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