By Rob Grubbs
(Smyrna, Ga) - With their showdown with East Coweta on the horizon, the Newnan Cougars went on the road to face the Campbell Spartans Friday night in Region 2-AAAAAA play.
The Cougars easily defeated the Spartans 34-6 behind Bryson Moss' four-touchdown night. The win sets up the region championship game next week against the Indians.
Quarterback Michael Maginnis was sharp from the start. On the opening drive, he hit Joshua Harris on a crossing route for 19-yards and then found Aundre Carter for 30 yards to set up the first Moss touchdown, this one from three yards out.
On the next Cougar possession, Maginnis threw his first of two touchdown passes. With Johnathan Clark going in motion, Maginnis flipped a shovel pass to him as he passed by. Clark got a key block from tight end Drew Brooks, outraced the entire Spartan defense and finished with an acrobatic endzone dive.
The Cougars had a 13-0 lead just seven minutes into the game.
They would add to that early in the second quarter on the second Moss touchdown. The key play in the drive was a 53-yard pass from Maginnis to Reid Brass. Moss would add another touchdown to close out the first half on a 13-yard screen pass from Maginnis.
Key to the play was the blocking of Brass, Harris and tackle Carter Counts on the outside that let Moss find paydirt.
Cougar Coach Chip Walker went with younger players in the third quarter with the game in hand, but the Spartans converted a Cougar fumble for their only score of the night. The starters returned for the next drive, which ended in Moss's fourth touchdown and a 34-6 lead.
“I thought it was (Moss’) best game of the season,” Walker said. “He ran really well and caught one too.”
Moss finished with 121 yards rushing.
On defense, the Cougars got two interceptions that shut down Spartan drives. Denzel Boston had a pick in the endzone to end a drive and Desmond Keith had a pick in the second half.
In the third quarter, the Spartans found a bit of offensive momentum, but linebacker Tripp Slaton blew that up when he perfectly timed a snap count and sacked the Campbell quarterback.
The fourth quarter saw backup quarterbacks Sawyer Barnett and JR Cantrell taking turns leading the offense while Mondriques Jordan ran the ball with authority.
“We are glad we got to win,” Walker said. “It was not as pretty as it could be but that’s all right. We are just proud to be 9-0 now. It’s time to get ready for next week. It will be fun.”
PHOTOS BY KRISTY RODGERS
The Cougar defense, led by #20 Tripp Slaton, #51 Brandon Tolvert and #5 Steven Carter harassed Campbell quarterbacks all night.The Newnan offensive line, led by #50 Carter Counts gave Bryson Moss a lot of room to run.One of Bryson Moss’s four touchdowns in the game.Nick Owens with a reception of a first-quarter pass from Michael Maginnis.Johnathan Clark would not be denied on this first-quarter touchdown.Desmond Keith had a fourth-quarter interception.