Principal Lisa Fine summed it up perfectly: "It's a great time to be a McIntosh Chief." Friday, May 16, 2014 is a day that won't soon be forgotten by McIntosh faithful. The Chiefs hit the road to play at Kennesaw State for the boys and girls Class AAAAA soccer titles and came back home champions twice over.
The girls title game was an all-Fayette affair, the fourth time in five years that's been the case, as McIntosh squared off with their crosstown rivals from Starr's Mill. An extremely physical, gritty game saw a glut of early scoring. The Lady Chiefs kept up the pressure, building a 3-1 lead by the half and padding it for a 4-1 victory. The win gives the McIntosh girls three championships in four seasons and ninth overall.
In the evening match, the McIntosh boys rolled over Houston County 8-1. After an impressive three goal first half, the floodgates opened after halftime. It's the second straight year the Chiefs beat Houston County for the title, last year a closer 2-0 affair. This win makes it five state championships for the boys. As if that's not enough, the win, their 45th in a row, locks up a second straight season ranked as the number one team in the nation by key soccer pundits.
As sweet as any championship is, it's even sweeter when you get to celebrate as a whole school.
"It's fantastic," Lady Chiefs coach Marcia Clark said of seeing both McIntosh on top at the same time. "We've alternated years (winning titles). It's been almost a decade and a half since we've swept so it's just fantastic."
"For many years we've wanted an opportunity to celebrate with the girls. We said, if we ever get the chance that we could both win in the same year, we will celebrate together," said boys coach Bunky Colvin. "Lisa Fine talks about how McIntosh strives for excellence in everything we do, so we're going to celebrate that tonight."
The principal is right, it's a great time to be a McIntosh Chief.