Homecoming: Hughes able to pull away from Indians

alt

Carly Cullen was named East Coweta High School’s 2013 Homecoming Queen during halftime of the Indians’ Friday night game against Langston Hughes High School. See more Homecoming photos on pages 2A and 3A. See the game story on page 6A. 


Three solid quarters of football just wasn't enough for East Coweta on Homecoming night at Garland Shoemake Stadium - not against defending Region 3-AAAAA champion Langston Hughes.

The Panthers took advantage of a sloppy final period by the Indians that stunted a comeback attempt in a 42-14 victory where a 7-point game turned into a blowout over the final 12 minutes.

With the win, Langston Hughes clinched a state-playoff berth and put itself even closer to a second consecutive region championship.

The loss dropped the Indians to .500 on the season at 4-4 and also sent the large and boisterous homecoming crowd heading for the exits before the final horn had sounded.

Spirits had been high on the East Coweta sidelines at halftime. The Indians battled to pull within a 14-7 deficit before this year's Homecoming Queen was announced. The Indians continued to nip at the Panthers' heels as they got the ball back to start the second half of play.

Just two plays into their first drive, however, Indians quarterback Bryce Gemmel threw an interception to Panther Keion Davis that set up the Panthers at the EC 35-yard line. The pick was a harbinger of things to come for both standout players, with Gemmel going on to throw two more picks, while Davis polished off a five-touchdown rushing effort to lead Langston Hughes' offense.

The Panthers' senior tailback ran for 291 yards on 23 carries to go with his five scores, the first two of which gave the Panthers a 14-0 lead early on. His final three touchdowns after halftime included a 53-yard burst through the defense that put the game out of reach with 7:27 left.

Davis' first touchdown, a 4-yard dive, came just three plays and 29 seconds into the contest and was set up by his 27-yard reception and another 57-yard run.

East Coweta, however, made a statement on its opening possession as well, marching 11 plays while taking 5:15 off the clock.

It stalled, however, at the Panthers' 34 before junior Cole Antley put his foot into a 51-yard field goal attempt that had the distance but was wide of the goalposts.

But trailing 14-0 early in the second quarter, the Indians got on the board with help from Gemmel's legs during a 61-yard drive over 12 plays. The drive culminated in a three-yard run by Malik Robinson to pull within one score at halftime.

Davis' three–yard touchdown with just under four minutes left in the third quarter again opened a 14-point lead for Langston, only to see East Coweta respond with a 34-yard strike from Gemmel to senior receiver Markell Boston to pull within 21-14.

The Panthers, though, were able to put the game away by converting on East Coweta turnovers in the fourth quarter, with Davis adding touchdowns of 9 and 53 yards less than three minutes apart to put the game out of reach, 35-14.

Robert Saunders capped the scoring at 42-14 with a fouryard touchdown run just over a minute after Davis' final touchdown.

Despite the loss, East Coweta survived a scare early in the third quarter when Indians receiver E.J. Ransom was sandwiched between two Panthers defenders just as a pass arrived from Gemmel. The receiver was able to get up and return to the game later.

Panthers 42, Indians 14 Hughes 14 0 7 21- 42 East Coweta 0 7 7 0- 14 1st Quarter LH - Keion Davis 4 run (Aaron Martinez kick), 11:27 LH - Davis 1 run (Martinez kick), 2:26 2nd Quarter EC - Malik Robinson 1 run (Cole Antley kick), 9:05 3rd Quarter LH - Davis 3 run (Martinez kick), 3:59 EC - Bryce Gemmel 34 pass to Markell Boston (Antley kick), :32 4th Quarter LH - Davis 9 run (Martinez kick), 9:55



More Local

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. POLICE DEPARTMENTS ON ALERT AFTER ... Read More


Boys & Girls Club

NHS student one of top youths of year

After months of preparation, a Newnan High School student was honored as one of the top youths of the year by the Boys and Girls Club of Met ... Read More


Senoia Redneck Gourmet to close

After six successful years, Casey Smith has decided to close the doors of the Redneck Gourmet in Senoia. As the owner of both the Newnan and ... Read More


One Roof thrift store reopen Jan. 5 in new location

Friday was One Roof’s last day at its former location in the old Playtex plant on Temple Avenue. The organization's thrift store will ... Read More


Movie studio decision could have 'chilling effect'

The planned Christmas Day release of “The Interview,” staring Seth Rogen and James Franco, has been cancelled due to threats of ... Read More

Century-old cemetery discovered

The 100-year-old cemetery discovered by crews clearing land for the Newnan Bypass extension was known to exist in the area, and an archeolog ... Read More