The Newnan Cougars scored twice in the final 2:58 to rally past Northgate on the road at Henry Seldon Field Friday, winning the contest 27-13.
Newnan overcame several penalties including a couple of chop-block calls to win just the fourth meeting ever between the two schools.
The Cougars hold a 4-0 lead in the series, but this was by far the most competitive meeting between the two schools in the series that was played in front of an overflow crowd on both sides of the stadium.
Newnan improved its record to 1-1 overall, while Northgate lost its season opener to fall to 0-1.
Newnan began its comeback after stopping the Vikings and forcing them to punt after moving the ball to midfield.
The Cougars’ Nick Owens set up a long punt return down the sidelines to spark the rally.
Omarian Florence started the drive with a long run and two plays later junior quarterback Michael Maginnis connected on a TD pass to Quanard Arnold.
Northgate had one last chance to put together a rally of its own. Tanner Hughes 14-yard run added some spark to the final drive, but things stalled when Newnan’s Rayquan Ransby had a sack to help stall the drive.
Denzel Boston then put an exclamation point on the victory with an interception returned for a TD.
Northgate took early control of the contest.
After stopping the Cougars on fourth down at the Northgate 27, it didn’t take long for Northgate to find the end zone.
Hughes broke free on the Vikings’ first play from scrimmage on a 73-yard scoring scamper.
Newnan cut the lead to 7-3 with 8:48 left in the first quarter when freshman Sam Williems split the uprights on a 23-yard field goal.
The Cougars added a safety when the ball was snapped over Northgate quarterback Isaac Corbitt's head and he was forced to fall on the ball in the end zone to cut the Vikings’ lead to 7-5.
Newnan went into the locker room with the momentum when it added a touchdown right before half.
Facing a third down and long, Maginnis hooked up with Joshua Harris on a 31-yard touchdown with 43 seconds left.
The extra point pushed Newnan out to a 12-7 halftime lead.
Northgate took a fourth-quarter lead when Corbitt connected with Landon Usher on a 25-yard TD. The 2-point conversion failed, but the Vikings led 13-12 before the Cougars rallied with two late scores.
Both teams return home next week. Newnan plays its first game at Drake Stadium against Alexander, while Northgate entertains Starr’s Mill.
By Justin Hodges
Carrollton 33, East Coweta 3: The 2019 West Georgia Kick-Off Classic at University Stadium at Ra-Lin Field packed in over 3,800 fans to watch the Carrollton Trojans drub the East Coweta Indians by a final score of 33-3.
It was the second year in a row the two teams have played in the West Georgia Kick-Off Classic.
The first quarter offered an intense, physical game of hot potato that favored East Coweta.
The game’s opening possession saw Indians’ quarterback Gabe Gray utilize a long pass completion to sophomore wide receiver Amariyan Moss along with designed runs to work down inside the red zone.
After a rushing touchdown was nullified by a holding penalty, Beau Beldon nailed a field goal to cap a four-minute drive.
The ensuing three possessions all ended with the defenses forcing fumbles and getting takeaways.
East Coweta’s Jamari Alford recovered a fumble at the Carrollton 15 yard line shortly after the field goal.
The very next play, East Coweta senior running back Jayland Rivers broke off a big run down to the one yard line, where he fumbled the ball away back to Carrollton. A mere few plays afterward, junior linebacker Dylan Sperios ripped the ball out of a Trojan receiver’s arms after a pass completion.
The Indians’ sideline erupted in cheers as East Coweta was set up at the opponent’s 35 yard line with a chance to add more points to the lead.
That would be the climax of the night for Sharpsburg faithful, as things went drastically against East Coweta for the rest of the night.
Two missed field goals were all the Indians offense could muster throughout the rest of the game.
Meanwhile, a packed section of Carrollton High School’s hometown faithful cheered the Trojans on through a passing onslaught.
Carrollton’s Myles Morris made consistent tight throws underneath, which opened up seams in the middle of the field that were meticulously exploited from the second quarter onward.
The Trojans scored two touchdowns in the final five minutes of the first half, for a 13-3 halftime lead, as well as their first three possessions of the second half.
This loss moved East Coweta to an 0-2.
The Indians are back in action Sept. 13 as they play at home against Valdosta’s Lowndes High after getting a week off.
By Doug Gorman
Trinity 18, Luella 6: In the battle of Lions, Trinity moved its record to 2-0 with a victory over Luella.
It’s the second-year in a row Trinity has knocked off the team from Henry County.
Playing in front of its home crowd for the second weekend in a row, Trinity built a 15-6 lead at the half.
Trinity outgained their guest 215-99.
David Dallas was 14 of 19 for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
Dallas hooked up with Danny Baird on a 14-yard pass for one of the scores and to Bryce Wilcox on a 28-yarder for the other.
Ed Berry was the leading rusher for Trinity, chalking up 86 yards on 17 carries.
Maxwell Pope rounded out the scoring with a 24-yard field goal.
The Lions play on the road next week for the first time against Tatnall Square in Macon.
Heritage 48, Flint River 0: The Heritage Hawks improved their record to 1-1 on Friday night with a victory against Flint River.
The Hawks led 35-0 at the half and pushed it to 41-0 to start the final period.
Heritage plays at home against Creekside next week.