Another home game, another blowout for the East Coweta Indians football team.
Junior running back Gerald Green rushed for 101 yards and had one rushing and one kickoff return touchdown to lead the East Coweta Indians to a 42-10 thrashing of the LaGrange Grangers Friday night in non-region action at Garland Shoemake Memorial Stadium during the team’s Pink Out Game.
EC won its second straight game by double digits to improve to 2-1 on the season while LaGrange remains winless at 0-4.
“The guys are doing what the coaches have asked them to do and I’m happy with that. They’re getting better and learning what our expectations are,” said EC first-year head coach John Small.
“I have to say the Pink Out crowd, the band and the student section were great tonight. I want to thank Alice Ramsey and the Pink Posse for their cancer awareness efforts. It was awesome.”
The Grangers finally scored some points this season after three straight shutout losses, but it wasn’t nearly enough to deter the Indians, who were all dressed in pink socks in support of cancer awareness.
EC started the game with a 12-play, 82-yard drive which ended with a two-yard touchdown run from DeVante Ford. Peter Walker’s extra point was good and EC led 7-0.
LaGrange drove down field on its first possession, getting in EC territory after four plays. Consecutive tackles for loss by Jalen Whisby and Joshua Render of EC forced the Grangers to punt, but the ball sailed past the LaGrange punter and it was picked up by Indians junior defensive lineman Clay Patterson, who rumbled 30 yards for the touchdown with a convoy of his teammates for the 14-0 lead.
The Grangers punted on their next possession, but the EC returner fumbled the ball and Vondez Taylor recovered it in EC territory. Six plays later, LaGrange scored its first points of the season as kicker Matt Rainey booted a 33-yard field goal with 33 seconds left in the first quarter to make the score 14-3.
EC was unfazed. J.J. Freed had a long kickoff return to the LaGrange 32 and on the first play from scrimmage, Green ran around the right end for the 32-yard TD and the 21-3 EC lead heading to the second quarter.
Late in the second, EC senior quarterback Christian Reid engineered a long drive capped by Reid’s four-yard TD run. Sophomore Dylan Lewis kicked the extra point and the Indians led 28-3 with 2:20 left in the second.
LaGrange didn’t give up. With 19 seconds remaining before halftime, Grangers quarterback Jakoby Smith threw a nice 23-yard pass to wideout Jordan Ogletree in the corner of the end zone for the first LaGrange TD of the season. The point-after was good and the jubilant Grangers just trailed 28-10.
The visitors’ elation was short-lived. Green again showed his quick-strike ability, taking the ensuing kickoff at the 15, following his blockers up the middle and racing around the left end untouched for the 85-yard return TD with seven seconds left before halftime for the 35-10 lead.
The speedy Green's return TD just 12 seconds after LaGrange scored was his third return touchdown in two weeks.
“When I’m returning a punt or a kickoff, I just try to find a hole and then go through it as quickly as possible,” said Green. “As for our team, we have been playing well but we can get better. We have to fix the little mistakes we’re making and once we do that, we’ll be fine.”
Reid’s third-quarter 4-yard TD pass to senior wide receiver Jamal Kennedy made the score 42-10 and completed the scoring for the Indians, who played very well Friday despite losing two fumbles on punts. The EC defense had several tackles for loss, senior linebacker Ryan Griffin had an interception and the majority of the starters rested in the fourth quarter.
“I’m upset that they scored. Coach Small always tells us to never be satisfied and as a defender, I’m never happy when the opponents score,” said EC’s Render, who had three tackles for loss Friday. “I’m happy we got the win, but we have to keep trusting the process and listening to our coaches.”
The Indians travel to face North Cobb (3-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.