The East Coweta Indians’ lacrosse team had to stew for a year, but at last they got their redemption.
The Indians sprinted to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, defeating the Northgate Vikings 20-3 Friday night and winning the 2017 lacrosse Coweta Cup at Garland Shoemake Memorial Stadium.
“It’s great to redeem ourselves after losing to Newnan last year in the first round of the Coweta Cup. Now we seniors can go out on top,” said EC senior Sean Morse, who had a goal Friday. “If we play well and play fired up, we can go far in the playoffs.”
On Friday, the Indians (9-3 overall) scored five goals in the first seven minutes of the game before Northgate dented the scoreboard with a goal from Patrick Wallace to make it 5-1. Bailey Brogan’s goal with seven seconds left in the first quarter made the score 6-1.
Northgate’s Jackson Fohrman scored early in the second quarter to cut the EC lead to 6-2, but the Indians got goals from Brogan, Owen DeBole (2), Mark Huntoon and Jackson Elliot to push the score to 11-2 at halftime.
The second-quarter outburst pretty much sealed the match for the Indians. EC played great defense to hold the Vikings scoreless in the third quarter, and the Indians scored five more goals for the 16-2 lead entering the fourth quarter.
The Indians outscored the Vikings 4-1 to make the final score 20-3 and the jubilant players rang the bell on the track to signal another EC win. A total of nine different Indians scored goals in the blowout victory.
“This means a lot to win the cup this year. We have bragging rights and now we’ve won it three out of four years,” said Huntoon, a senior. “My teammates’ hard work and a lot of effort helped us to the win.”
“It’s always special to win the Coweta Cup. Newnan and Northgate always play us hard; it’s back and forth competition every season,” said Indians head coach Nick Crider. “This was a great team win. If we tap our full potential, the sky's the limit for the guys.”
Northgate 15, East Coweta 6 (girls)
Sydney Tuttle scored six goals to help lead the Northgate Lady Vikings lacrosse team to a 15-6 win Friday evening over the East Coweta Lady Indians in the second round of the girls 2017 Coweta Cup at Garland Shoemake Memorial Stadium.
The Lady Vikings (9-4 overall) will move on to play the Newnan Lady Cougars at 5:30 p.m. Friday for the championship.
“We’re learning to play as a team and I was proud of how well we moved the ball today,” said Northgate head coach Shelley Langston.
Tuttle scored four goals, Callie DuBose added another four and Christina Sierra and Chandler West scored a goal each in the first half to lead EC 10-3 at halftime. Emily Watson scored twice and Adelyn Ryan once for EC in the first half.
It was more of the same in the second half. Sierra scored for Northgate to put the Lady Indians up 11-3 but Watson scored off an assist from Kendall Buttry to cut the lead to 11-4.
That was as close as EC would get in the half. Sierra, West and Tuttle scored consecutive goals to push Northgate’s lead to 14-4 before EC’s Ryan scored to make it 14-5. Tuttle scored her final goal with 3:58 remaining and Buttry scored with seconds left for EC for the final 15-6 margin.
“Our team motto is to look out for each other on and off the field and we did that on the field today,” said Sierra, a junior. “I think we played well on offense and defense and it will be awesome to play Newnan for the Coweta Cup trophy.”
DuBose finished with four goals on the evening, Sierra ended with three and West had two for the Lady Indians. Northgate keeper Kayla Hamlett had five saves and Hannah Mercer had four saves for the Lady Indians. Watson had three goals for EC.