Newnan 30, East Coweta 28
In addition to Newnan senior Mautavier Parks rushing for 159 yards and getting two late touchdowns, the Cougars defense stopped a two-point conversion to give Newnan the 30-28 win over the East Coweta Indians Friday night in Region 2-AAAAAAA action at Drake Stadium.
With the win, Newnan (4-6 overall, 3-2 region) qualifies for the state playoffs after a one-year absence, while East Coweta (5-5, 1-4) sees its season comes to an end. The Indians will miss the state playoffs for the first time since 1996.
EC led 14-10 after the first quarter but Newnan scored 13 unanswered points in the second quarter to lead 23-14 at halftime. Malik Hussey blocked an EC field goal attempt and returned it for a TD and Parks had a 63-yard TD run in the period.
Newnan got another TD run from Parks in the third quarter to increase its lead to 30-14. EC fought back, getting a TD run and a two-point conversion run from Gerald Green to cut Newnan’s lead to 30-22 in the third.
Indians’ quarterback Christian Reid threw a 52-yard TD pass to Chris Moore with 8:18 left in the fourth quarter, but the Cougars’ defense stopped Green (171 yards rushing) on another two-point conversion attempt and made the score 30-28.
EC was driving again late in the fourth quarter, but the Indians committed a costly personal foul that backed them up and they couldn’t get a first down. Newnan then ran the clock out the rest of the way for the win.
Trinity 35, Southland 0
The Trinity Christian Lions ran out to a 27-0 halftime lead and never looked back, whipping the Southland Academy Raiders 35-0 in the second round of the GISA Class AAA state playoffs at Trinity.
Trinity won its 10th straight game to improve to 10-2 while ending Southland’s season.
Lions quarterback Shep Hancock threw two TD passes and Trinity got rushing TDs from Zach Seymour, Caleb Dallas and Luke Vermilya. The Lions’ final points of the game came on a safety.
Trinity advances to play at Gatewood School next Friday in the GISA Final Four.
Mays 41, Northgate 7
The 2017 season came to an end for the Northgate Vikings with a 41-7 loss to second-ranked Mays Friday night.
Northgate finishes with a 6-4 record.
The Vikings needed a victory over Mays or Alexander to beat Douglas County to make the playoffs for the third year in a row.
When Douglas County beat Alexander that officially put an end to the Vikings’ season.
Mays (9-1) goes into the playoffs with a nine-game winning streak.
Early on, it appeared Northgate was in upset mode.
The Vikings took a 7-0 lead with 3:06 left in the first quarter on Nick Carter’s 4-yard scamper.
Carter carried the ball eight times during the drive highlighted by runs of 11 and 14 yards.
The senior running back rushed for more than 100 yards in his high school finale.
The Vikings’ touchdown was set up by Billy Killgore’s interception.
After the turnover, the Vikings marched 75 yards in 10 plays.
Mays took a 12-7 lead at the half, with two touchdowns in the final 7:48 of the second quarter.
Quarterback Nick Hunter threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to JaMarcus McCoy for the Panthers’ first touchdown of the game.
Mays marched 90 yards in eight plays for its second touchdown. Kendell Wimberly caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Hunter to highlight the team’s second score.
An extra point and two-point conversion failed for the Raiders in the first half.
Mays increased the lead to 20-7 on the first series of the third quarter when Hunter scored on a 2-yard quarterback keeper.
With just 39 seconds left in the third quarter, the Panthers increased the lead to 27-7 on Amir Abdur-Rahman’s touchdown catch.
Mays added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to round out its scoring.
The Vikings had a couple of chances in the fourth quarter to cut into Mays’ lead.
Connor Fortner picked up a fumble at the Northgate one and returned it to the Mays seven. However, the drive stalled when the Panthers stopped it on downs.
Northgate again had a chance to put a second touchdown on the scoreboard after quarterback Kyle McLaren put together a couple of long runs, but time ran out on the drive, ending the game.
Frederica 51, Heritage 14
The Heritage Hawks’ season came to an end in the second round of the GISA playoffs.
Henry Arnall threw two TD passes to Brandon Scruggs.
Frederica led 12-0 early in the first half and built its lead from there.
The Hawks end their season with a 7-4 record under first-year head coach Micah Alba.
Central 52, Unity 48
Central took a big lead and then held off Unity to advance to the second round of the GICAA playoffs.
With the win, Central (8-3) sets up a rematch against Holy Ground. In the first meeting, Holy Ground won 61-12.
In Friday night’s victory, Ryley Byers threw touchdown passes to Evan Castaneda and Marcellus Giles. Byers also rushed for a touchdown.
Castaneda and Michael Bell also scored rushing touchdowns for the Crusaders.