From the August 27, 2014 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
The Chattahoochee County High School football team enters the 2014 season with a new coach and an abundance of optimism.
Last year the Panthers got off to a strong start by winning its first two games, but then didn't manage to get another win the rest of the season and finished 2-8.
This year the coach who founded the Panthers' football program has returned and he has challenged the team to turn things around immediately, with no talk of adjusting or rebuilding.
"Our goal for this season is to win every game," said Head Coach Josh Kemp. "Honestly that's what we expect to do. Now will we do it? We'll find out, but I feel confident in these coaches and players."
Kemp has a unique history with Chattco. When Chattahoochee County built its own high school after years of sending its teenagers to Spencer High, they hired him to start the high school football program. In the first year, 2005, they started with a junior varsity team. The next year they fielded the county's first varsity football team (which had no seniors) and made the state playoffs.
Kemp remained at Chattco through 2009 and led the team to the state playoffs all four years. The teams' combined record was 29-16 and they outscored their opponents by a combined score of 1,425 to 1,052. In his last year at Chattco, the Panthers went 9-2 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time. Kemp also had 14 players earn scholarships in those four years.
He left Chattco in 2010, when he planned to take a sabbatical from coaching to work on a master's degree. However, he couldn't shake the lure of the gridiron and shortly afterwards accepted an offer to ... Online subscribers click here for the rest of the story.