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Pigskin Previews: Playoff Week #1

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  • Nov. 27, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Pigskin Previews: Playoff Week #1

The Newnan Times-Herald

Harrison Hoyas (3-5) at Newnan Cougars (9-1)

The Cougars ran the page on their heartbreaking loss to East Coweta last Friday. Up next is a first-round matchup against the defending Class 6A state champion Hoyas. It is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

The Hoyas got hot at the right time; winning three out of their last four, including last week's 35-0 win over Hillgrove.

Harrison dominated that game with 407 yards rushing and had a time of possession advantage in more than 10 minutes. Jay Ziglor scored three touchdowns during the contest.

The Hoyas will provide a stiff test to the Cougar linebacking corp.

Marietta Blue Devils (3-7) at East Coweta Indians (9-1)

It is quite an award for the Indians. By winning the region championship and the top seed in Region 2-7A, they draw the defending state champion Blue Devils in the first game at Garland Shoemake Stadium.

But this is not the same Marietta team that won it all last year against Lowndes County at the Georgia State football stadium. They have suffered a four-game and a three-game losing streak this year and needed to defeat Walton last week to qualify to return to the playoffs.

Against Walton, Marietta was led by junior quarterback Tyle Hughes, who passed for 298 yards and rushed for another 123.

This is a rematch of the 2018 first-round playoff game when East Coweta knocked off the heavily favored Blue Devils.

Heritage Hawks (0-10) at First Presbyterian Vikings (6-4)

They played one of the best games of the year last week against Brookstone and looked to make some noise in the playoffs. The Vikings defeated the same Brookstone team earlier in the season.

First Presbyterian joined the Georgia High School Association in 2010 and have made the playoffs nine out of 11 seasons. They finished in a three-way tie in Region 1-A Private with Stratford Academy and Mount de Sales Academy but got the top spot via the tiebreaker.

The Vikings are led by quarterback Parker Ingram and receiver Jordan Jones.

Tattnall Square Academy Trojans (4-6) at Trinity Christian Lions (8-2)

The Lions welcomed back starting quarterback David Dallas by winning the Region 4-A Private region last week with Pacelli's victory. They will host the #4 seeded team from Region 1-A Private, Tattnall Square.

The Trojans qualified for the playoffs when they defeated Strong Rock Christian two weeks ago. Last week, they lost a heartbreaker to Mount de Sales Academy 24-21, which would have moved them up a spot in the region standings.

Between 1988 and 2011, Tattnall Square won 11 state Georgia Independent School Association state titles under legendary coach Barney Hester.