Dantarius Chunn scored three touchdowns and Christian Reid scored the game-winning two-point conversion to give the East Coweta Indians a wild 36-35 victory over the North Cobb Warriors Friday night in non-region action in Kennesaw.
It’s the third consecutive win for East Coweta (3-1) and it pinned the first loss of the year on the No. 4 state-ranked Warriors, who drop to 3-1.
“The guys played their tails off and took a huge step tonight beating a good state-ranked team in North Cobb,” said an excited EC head coach John Small. “Our guys are not okay with just being okay — they want to be the best and they’re working toward that goal.”
Chunn, a junior running back and defensive back, had himself a day Friday. He had two 99-yard kickoff return touchdowns, a 75-yard TD reception and had two pass breakups when he was playing cornerback. Chunn is also the team’s punter, and Small said he did a nice job pinning the Warriors deep in their territory for most of the night.
EC trailed 21-14 at the half, but Small said the action heated up in the second half.
“In the first half, we didn’t move the ball well on offense,” Small said. “We ran the ball at least 95 percent in the second half and the results were much better.”
EC trailed North Cobb 35-28 with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The Indians drove deep in NC territory, but fumbled the ball and the Warriors recovered. The EC defense stood tall and forced a punt and EC’s Rakiyan Moss returned it 87 yards for a TD. Unfortunately for the Indians, the TD was erased due to an illegal block in the back by EC, so the Indians had to start their drive at their own 20.
The Indians, thanks to strong running from Gerald Green, drove 80 yards downfield and Reid scored a TD from 15 yards out to make the score 35-34, North Cobb, with 3:10 left. The Warriors jumped offsides during EC’s tying point-after attempt, putting the ball closer to the goal line. Small then bet on his team to win the game instead of tying it at 35-all.
“I decided to go for broke and try a two-point conversion. I mean, we might as well try it since we’re on the road against the No. 4 team in the state,” Small said. “I didn’t want overtime and the kids wanted to win the game in regulation.”
Reid scored on the two-point conversion attempt for the 36-35 lead and the EC defense held firm two more times to preserve the victory.
“The guys battled and battled all night, and I can’t say enough about how well the coaches did in this game,” said Small. “We are growing up and maturing, and we’re learning to trust the process. I am very proud of this team.”
EC’s next game is against Arabia Mountain (3-1) on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Godfrey Stadium in Decatur at 7:30 p.m.