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Region openers for Indians, Cougars highlight schedule


  • By Rebecca Leftwich
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  • Oct. 02, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Four of six local high school football teams will be in action Friday night with Heritage and Central Christian getting an open date.

Only Northgate plays at home against Region 5 6A opponent New Manchester.

Here is a look at this week’s contests:

East Coweta (0-5, 0-0) at Westlake (3-2, 0-0): The East Coweta Indians head into Friday night’s Region 2 7A opener against Westlake seeking their first win of the season.

The Indians enter the game fresh off an open date last week. Three of East Coweta’s losses were by a combined five points.

East Coweta lost to Kell at Mercedes-Benez Stadium 36-34 in the season opener, Carrollton 32-27, and North Cobb 30-24.

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Westlake has beaten Creekside (49-13), Lanier from Alabama (45-6) and Newton (26-23).

This will also be the Lions’, who were off last week, first region game.

This will be the 11th meeting in the series that is tied 5-5. The Lions have won the last two meetings, including last season’s close 14-12 contest.

Newnan (2-3, 0-0) at Wheeler (5-0, 0-0): The Newnan Cougars come into the Region 2 7A trying to snap a two-game losing streak after falling to both Griffin and second-ranked Walton before last week’s open date.

The Cougars’ two victories this season came against two Region 5 6A opponents Northgate and Alexander.

Wheeler cracked the Georgia Sports Writers Top 10 poll this week at No. 10 in Class 7A. 

Wheeler’s victories have come against  Lambert, Sprayberry, Shiloh, Lassiter, and Roswell as they get set to play host to the Cougars.

This will be the third meeting between the two region opponents in a series that is tied at 1-1. Newnan won last year’s meeting 45-20.

New Manchester (1-5,0-4) at Northgate (3-3, 2-2): The Northgate Vikings are coming off their second Region 5 6A victory last week after beating Alexander 24-20.

The Vikings have won two of their last three games. Last Friday’s victory came after a long lightning delay, but the Vikings rallied for the homecoming victory.

Northgate has also beaten Starr’s Mill and Creekside. Friday night’s victory put the Vikings back in the playoff hunt.

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New Manchester has lost four in a row, falling to Creekside, Mays, Alexander and Douglas County

Trinity Christian (4-2, 1-2)  at Landmark Christian (2-4, 1-2): The Trinity Lions snapped a two-game losing streak last Friday winning their first Region 5 1A game with an easy 42-0 victory over Strong Rock Christian.

It was Trinity’s second shutout this season. In its second game of the year, Trinity shutout Luella 16-0.

The Lions have also beaten Northeast Macon, and Tatnall Square.

The contest in Fairburn will also mark the return trip back to Landmark for Trinity head coach Kenny Dallas.

Dallas began his head coaching career at Landmark, serving as the War Eagles’ head coach from 2001-2011. During his tenure with the War Eagles, Dallas went 88-41 and won six region titles.

In 2011, he guided the team to a trip to the Class A state title game.

Landmarkis coming off last year’s winless season.

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