When the Newnan Cougars watch the film from their Senior Night performance against Pebblebrook, it won’t be a thing of beauty.
On a cold and damp night at Drake Stadium, the Cougars stumbled at times to move the football ball, but still dominated the Region 2 7A contest on the scoreboard 21-2.
With the victory, Newnan improved to 5-3 and 3-1, while Pebblebrook dropped to 3-6 and 1-3.
With Newnan leading 14-2 late in the fourth quarter, the Cougars threw the knockout punch on Tyrig Hussie’s 22-yard touchdown run.
The victory sets up a showdown next week between rivals Newnan (5-4, 3-1) and East Coweta (3-6, 3-1).
The winner will finish in second place in the region and earn the home field advantage to open the playoffs.
Newnan built a 14-0 lead with two touchdowns in the first quarter.
The Cougars scored the first touchdown on their second offensive series of the game after Ricky Boozier recovered a Falcons fumble at the Pebblebrook 15.
Senior wide receiver Woody Waters caught a 14-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Michael Maginnis. One player later, Byrom Moss found the end zone on a 1-yard run.
Midway through the first quarter, the Cougars struck again.
After forcing a Falcons punt, Newnan needed just one play to find the end zone for the second touchdown of the night.
Maginnis connected with Kyle McDonald on a 63-yard touchdown pass for a 14-0 lead.
Maginnis threw a perfect pass down the sideline and McDonald did the rest, racing for the touchdown.
Quintavious Jones alternated at times between quarterback and running back and the Falcons moved the ball into Newnan territory three times in the second quarter but failed to score.
After marching down to the Newnan 23, the Falcons had a chance to put their first points on the board, but a 40-yard field goal attempt missed its mark.
Newnan was unable to move the ball on its next series and after losing yardage, they attempted punted the ball out of their own end zone.
A mishandled snap, resulted in the ball going out of the end zone for a Pebblebrook safety.
It turned out to be the Falcons’ only points of the night.
Right before the end of half, Pebblebrook moved the ball inside the red zone.
A 14-yard run by Nicolis Adu-Poku moved the ball down to the 12, but Newnan’s San Juan Warner recovered a fumble to kill the drive.
Newnan added it’s only touchdown of the second half thanks to some long runs by Moss.
The Falcons’ Marevon Boyd had a sack during the series, but after Moss converted a third-down run, the Cougars scored one play later on Hussie’s touchdown.=
The victory also came on a night when Newan rolled back the clock, retiring former Cougar standout Michael Cheever’s high school jersey.
Cheever went on play at Georgia Tech and later three years with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL.