After a rough start to the season, the Indians won their second straight Region 2-7A game to move into a tie with Newnan for second place heading into a return trip to Cobb County next week to face 1-7 Campbell.
East Coweta’s defense, which held a region opponent to two scores or fewer for the second consecutive week, clamped down in the final minutes of each half to come up with stops.
The Indians maintained a 13-0 lead at halftime when Pebblebrook was stopped at the 1-yard line as the clock ran out on the Falcons.
It allowed East Coweta to pad its lead with two of senior quarterback Nate Cronic’s three touchdown passes.
Early in the third quarter, an 18-yard scoring catch by tight end Jager Weddington expanded the Indians’ edge to 19-0.
Cronic then hit senior Dantarius Chunn on the second of two touchdown connections in the win. A 65-yard catch and run with 10:02 to play seemed to be the backbreaker only to have Pebblebrook storm back into contention with two scores in less than 15 seconds.
After a quick five-play 64-yard drive finally got the Falcons on the scoreboard, Pebblebrook answered again with an interception return for another quick score to pull within 11 points.
East Coweta fumbled the ball back with a second straght turnover. But the Indians’ again rose to the occasion against a sputtering Falcons offense before sealing a second straight victory with an interception.
Pebblebrook, which lost its second straight region game, dropped to 1-2 and 3-5 overall.