ADEL -- The Cook High Hornets gave their coach just about everything he could have hoped for last Friday.
The No. 2 Hornets went on the road and ended No. 9 Charlton County's 44-game winning streak in region games. Better still, Cook responded to its toughest test of the season, turning a slim five-point lead in the fourth quarter into a 24-7 victory and control of the Region 2-AA race. And in the process, the Hornets (5-0, 2-0) made just enough minor errors to keep them busy and productive in practice this week.
"We've had a good week of practice," said head coach Michael Pollock. "We've probably had a better week of practice than we did last week getting ready for Charlton County. I haven't seen any signs of a letdown, because even though we won, our offense and defense did some things we still need to work on."
One area marked for improvement is the goal line offense. Despite dominating the statistics, Cook only led 6-0 at intermission, thanks in part to a pair of fourth-and-goal plays that yielded no points.
"We were a little disappointed. We should have had 28 points we felt going into halftime," Pollock said. "I could have done a better job with the goal line offense.
"But it worked out for the best because we did get tested. After they scored (cutting the lead to 12-7) we came back and scored on the first play of the next drive, and then added a touchdown later on. That showed a lot of character and heart."
After three emotional wins in a row, the Hornets remain on the road to face a dangerous Irwin County squad. The Indians are 2-3 (1-1), but the losses came to Charlton County, defending Class AA champion Americus and Florida powerhouse Madison County.
"There are a lot of AA teams that would be 2-3 against the schedule they've played," Pollock said. "They beat Randolph-Clay and Brooks County, and those are quality wins. They've really done a good job of improving over the course of the year. They run a base wing-T, but the thing that worries us is what tricks they have up their sleeves, and I'm sure they'll have a few."
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