Prep Football: East Coweta in search for another wild upset tonightBy DOUG GORMAN
It’s been more than three years since an opponent has found a way to beat a Sandy Creek football team during the regular season. The good news for East Coweta fans is that the Indians were the last lineup to achieve that feat.
But only the folks wearing the headsets tonight at ECHS remember what that felt like.
Kickoff between the 2-0 Patriots, fresh off last week’s 38-7 thrashing at Newnan, and the 1-1 Indians, who were equally thumped with a 27-6 loss to Archer at home, is 7:30 p.m. tonight at The Battlefield in Tyrone.
It’ll come with a larger audience than usual as well.
The game will be broadcast on WSB (Me-TV) 248 (Comcast) or 126 (Charter). The game will also be webcast through both WSBtv.com and GHSA.tv in addition to both teams’ regular radio broadcasts on 92.5 FM locally.
East Coweta head coach Clint Wade understands the challenge of facing a high-powered Sandy Creek team may supersede the Thursday night outing.
“We have known about this game for some time,” he said. “It’s really doesn’t change the way we practice. We just have to go out there and get ready to play a really good football team.”
Last week, Sandy Creek jumped out for over 300 yards of offense in two quarters against Newnan behind quarterback Cole Garvin and a high-powered offense. Garvin connected with at least six receivers and the Patriots used four running backs including fullback Antonio Williams to grab a 31-7 lead at halftime. Williams scored three short-yardage touchdowns and Garvin had four plays of over 35 yards including a 59-yard pass on the first play off the game.
In his first game after being promoted from East Coweta’s defensive coordinator in 2009, Wade watched as the Indians pulled off a thrilling 28-27 double-overtime victory that ended on then-sophomore David Singleton’s blocked extra point. Singleton is now at West Georgia, however, and nearly every body in uniform that night has also moved on.
Instead, this year’s East Coweta lineup has been faced with finding consistency following two games of drastically different results. Faced with replacing 32 seniors, the Indians looked sharp in a 35-7 win over 0-2 Henry County, but were equally dominated last week by a 2-0 Archer program on the rise.
After scoring five times in the opener, East Coweta managed just two field goals from senior Spencer Smith in last week’s 27-6 loss at home to Archer.
Dee Godfrey, who rushed for 115 yards on nine carries and three touchdowns in the victory again the Warhawks, managed just 59 yards on 11 carries against the Tigers.
First-year quarterback Bryce Gemmel was just 5 of 18 passes for 48 yards and two interceptions last week. He also picked up just 55 yards on the ground.
After missing the season opener, junior Weylin Orr rushed for 51 yards on 13 carries in his first action of the season.