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Teams try to just keep winning
Sandy Creek Patriots (2-0) vs. East Coweta Indians (1-1), Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday night football this week for the Creek and this one feels like a “Must See.” These two teams have tangled twice before and split the games.
The Patriots won 24-17 in 2008 and the Indians won 28-27 in 2009. After that loss, Sandy Creek started a streak of 41 straight wins and two consecutive state titles. Right now, Sandy Creek looks downright unbeatable. They have outscored their opponents 90-13 and head coach Chip Walker knows there is room for improvement.The prospect of an even better Sandy Creek team is frightening. Cole Garvin threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns against Newnan (Zerric Willis, Chancellor Triplett), Antonio Williams rushed for three touchdowns and the defense produced four turnovers. Zachary Lane and Chris Williams combined for seven sacks.
East Coweta dropped 35 points on Henry County in their opener and were held to six points against Archer last week. Scoring on the Patriots will be tough. This is the first home game for Creek this season and The Battlefield will be rocking.
McIntosh Chiefs (2-0) vs. Ola Mustangs (1-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Don’t get out your “Black Swarm” t-shirts just yet McIntosh fans, but revel in the fact that the Chiefs are playing good football on both sides of the ball. Outscoring their opponents 72-12 thus far, McIntosh is getting great play from quarterback Andrew Johnson and the defense is doing a tremendous job keeping teams out of the endzone. Last Friday Sebastian James scored the first touchdown for McIntosh with a run, while Johnson threw two touchdown passes in the second half, one to Bo Brown and another to Trey Walters to get the win.
It will get tougher each week but it looks like the Chiefs are building towards their most successful season in recent memory. In 2009, McIntosh opened the season with a 3-1 record in their first four games.
Starr’s Mill Panthers (1-1) @ West Forsyth Wolverines (2-0)
Getting the win and to the .500 mark was a good thing for the Starr’s Mill Panthers. In fact, it might have even been necessary because this week’s game will be a challenge and nobody wants to open the season 0-3. Last week, freshman Dion Munerlyn rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns for the Panthers, while Timothy Roberts had three returns for 109 yards and an interception. Joshua Roberts added two interceptions on the night. West Forsyth is ranked fourth in Class AAAAAA. They beat Gainesville (the team that knocked out Sandy Creek last year) 32-30 in the opener and knocked off Flowery Branch (another playoff team) 21-14 last week. Starr’s Mill saw lots of good things from some new players last week and more good things will certainly come - just maybe not this week.
Expect the Panthers to play hard, give it their best and not enter their game already defeated - they are all about the effort and their confidence is rising.
Landmark Christian War Eagles (1-2) @ Mt. Paran Christian Eagles (0-2)
Landmark faced a highly ranked opponent in Wilkinson County last week and got beat 41-10. Fans can expect a better game from their team this week. The War Eagles rushed for nearly 200 yards behind senior quarterback Cole Higbie and junior running back Jeremiah Kirkland, but turnovers and untimely penalties ultimately helped doom the War Eagles last week. These two teams have never met but Landmark is averaging 20.7 points per game to Mt. Paran’s 6.5. Landmark does have firepower and Mt. Paran’s defense is not as formidable as Wilkinson County’s.
Our Lady of Mercy Bobcats (2-0) vs. Mt. Pisgah Christian Patriots (2-0)
The Bobcats got a win last week by forfeit, so they didn’t get any game experience. They have to hope they won’t be rusty because this one will be a test. In the four games between the two teams (none since 2009) Mt. Pisgah has won three of them. Our Lady of Mercy won the tilt in 2007, 63-62. Mercy handled Mt. Paran in week one (38-7) and certainly has plenty of talent. Mt. Pisgah’s two wins didn’t come against world beaters (neither team had over five wins in a season over the past four seasons) but the Patriots put up some points and tamed their opponent’s offenses. With a road game at Athens Academy (2-0) on tap next week, Our Lady of Mercy is hoping to get back to game speed quickly.
Fayette County Tigers (0-2) vs Whitewater Wildcats (1-1)
To quote Coldplay (yes, I can do that), “Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be this hard.” Fayette County’s tough start to the season continues with a home game against Whitewater this Friday. It will be followed with a game at Sandy Creek in two weeks. Whitewater, which looked lost against Coffee in the season opener, appeared found last week against Mundy’s Mill, winning 30-18. They’ll hope to improve past the .500 mark this week and continue improving and gaining experience.
Whitewater had a big night from Kendall Conley (three touchdowns against Mundy’s Mill) and Fayette County rushed for over 200 yards against Starr’s Mill with 146 yards coming from quarterback Jason Williams. Montrel Kelley had the touchdown for the Tigers last week.