Prep Football: Friday's Game PreviewsBy CHRIS GOLTERMANN and DOUG GORMAN
Listed below are the Game Preview Capsules for tonight's contests involving Coweta County 11-man football teams.
When / Where: Tonight, 7:30 at Henry Seldon Field
The Skinny: The Northgate Vikings are need of a win to keep their playoff hopes alive as they play their second Region 3B-AAAAA game of the season tonight at home against Creekside. Northgate comes into the game after blowing a 10-point lead at the half to Whitewater falling 33-26. Creekside comes into the game riding in a three-game winning streak and giving up just three points in those contest.
Series Record: Creekside leads 4-0.
Last meeting: Creekside 18-0 (2007)
Players to Watch: Creekside — QB Even Berry(Jr, 5-11, 195), RB/LB Elliott Berry (Jr. 5-11, 195), S Trevbonous Britt (Jr, 5-9, 165) WR Michael Leverrett (Sr, 5-9, 180). ... Northgate — ATH Brandon Facyson (Sr, 14 catches, one TD); DT DeAndre Johnson (Sr, 20 tackles); DL Sean Spencer (Sr, 29 tackles, two fumble recovers, one TD); S Torres Johnson (Jr, 37 tackles, one fumble recovery); CB Aaron Stargell (SR, 22 tackles, one interception); QB Josh Harrison (Sr, 33 for 56, 3 touchdowns); OL Chase Smith (Sr, 6-0, 220); OL Dustin Foley (SR, 6-0, 210); LB Connor Usher (Sr, 81 tackles 2 sacks) RB T.J. Womack (430 yards three touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown), RB Michael Willis (291 yards and three touchdowns), RB Cole Carter (127 yards).
When the Vikings have the ball: The Vikings will try and snap the losing streak by establishing their running game. T.J. Womack has been the team’s go to back lately, rushing for 430 yards, a touchdown and 5.44 yards per game. Benton Washington has returned to the backfield after an injury and is still seeing limited time. He carried the ball just nine times last week, rushing for 38 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Josh Harrison has been able to pick up yardage for the Vikings through the air passing for 455 yards and a touchdown. He favorite target has been Brandon Facyson who has 15 catches.
When the Seminoles have the ball: Creekside’s best known players might just be quarterback Evan and running back Elliott Berry. The twin brothers of Kansas City Chief Eric Berry have been catching the attention of college recruiters since there freshman year, but Creekside has gotten the job done with a collection of other talented players, including safety and wide receiver Trevbonous Britt and wide receiver Michael Leverrett.
Newnan Cougars (4-1) at Tri-Cities Bulldogs (2-3)
When / Where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m. East Point
Radio: 98.1 FM
The Skinny: Newnan is trying to win for the third week in a row as it opens its Region 3-AAAAAA schedule tonight on the road in East Point. The Cougars’ biggest challenge will be trying to find away to move the football against a defensive line that is huge. With Shamarie Devine and Jeremi Hall, who have both verbally committed to Georgia Tech, tipping the scales at more than 300 pounds, Tri-Cities might just be the biggest defensive line head coach Mike McDonald’s squad faces all year.
Last Week: Newnan was off after defeating Hardaway 38-7 at home on Sept. 28. Tri-Cities was off after losing toCarver (Montgomery) 51-14.
Series Record: Newnan leads 2-0.
Last meeting: Newnan won 35-6 (2007)
Players to Watch: Newnan — S/WR Tray Matthews (Sr, 17 catches, five touchdowns, 34 tackles) OL Jamal Carlisle (Sr, 6-3, 290); RB JK Britt (Soph, 154 yards on 33 carries and a touchdown); RB Quinton Dix (Sr, 284 yards on 59 carrie and three TDs) S/WR Darrell Morrow (Sr, 22 tackles, one pass breakup) ILB Maurice White (Sr, 21 tackles; ILB Tonarius Portress (Jr, 50 tackles, one interception) WR Traon Moss (Sr, 13 catches 4 touchdowns) QB Bailey Bryant (Soph, 48 of 72 for 773 yards and 9 TDs); CB Rodney Tennie (Sr, 16 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions). ... Tri-Cities — DL/OL Shamaire Devine ( Sr, 6-7, 331), Jeremi Hall (Sr.6-5, 350), LB Hector Godlenz (Jr, 5-9, 170), QB Karim Wallace (Jr, 6-1, 215), RBAnthony Cox (5-9, 187), Dwayne Gay (5-8, 215), WR Torei Jones (6-0, 175).
When Newnan has the Ball: The Cougars have built a 4-1 record this season by going to its passing attack to set up the run. Sophomore quarterback Bailey Bryant has passed for nine touchdowns, hooking up with Tray Matthews for five touchdowns and Traon Moss for four. Newnan’s running game has also found the end zone en route to scoring five times on the ground. Senior running back Quinton Dix has scored three rushing touchdowns.
When Tri-Cities has the Ball: The Bulldogs have scored 34 points in their last two losses, but have been able to move the ball up and down the field with Karim Wallace at quarterback. The junior has several options with his offense as running backs Anthony Cox and Dwayne Gray share the load. Torei Jones is also brings experience to the team through the wide receiver spot. All-State punter Chris Hernadez is able to change field position with his strong leg.
East Coweta Indians (1-4) at Westlake Lions (0-5)
When / Where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., Atlanta
Radio: 92.5 FM The Bear (streaming online)
The Skinny: The start of the Region 3-AAAAAA schedule may bring a relief for a pair of rested teams tonight. The Indians are coming off a bye week following a hard-fought 33-31 loss at Central-Phenix City, Ala., where East Coweta held a lead for most of the game. Westlake hasn’t played a game since its most recent loss on 38-14.
Series History: Tied 2-2
Last meeting: Westlake defeated East Coweta 31-21 last year at ECHS.
Last game: East Coweta lost 33-31 at Central-Phenix City, Ala., on Sept. 28. Westlake lost 38-14 at Bainbridge on Sept. 21.
Game Balls: The Indians’ offensive line led an effort against Central that netted 441 total yards including 302 on the ground. Senior Dee Godfrey had the brunt of the effort, rushing for 178 yards and three scores on 17 carries.
Players to Watch: Westlake — QB Renard Battle Sr. (6-0, 185), WR T.J. Reece, Sr. (5-10, 170), WR Chris Daniel, Sr. (6-1, 180), RB Joshua Poole, So. (5-10, 175), RB Jordan Thomas, So. (5-7, 170), OL Jordan Shaw, Jr. (6-3, 265), MLB Tyrone Pope (6-2, 215), DL Dwight Moore, Jr. (5-10, 265), CB Terrence Montgomery (5-9, 165), DB/ATH Lonnie Perryman. ... East Coweta — 2 QB Bryce Gemmel, Jr. (448 yards, TD), 3 RB/CB Dee Godfrey (425 yards, 7.7 per carry, 7 TDs), 5 RB Weylin Orr, Jr. (203 yards, TD), 4 WR/CB Nigel Gay, Sr. (7 rec, 118 yards, 29 tackles), 1 WR Wyatt Potter, Sr. (7 rec., 100 yards, TD), 15 WR/S Markell Boston (34 tackles), 75 OT Zack Harness, Sr. (6-3, 275), 38 CB Tyler Brown, Sr. (50 tackles), 20 LB Jay McKnight, Jr. (28 tackles), 54 DL Tristan Mann, So. (30 tackles), DL 59 Chris Burton, Jr. (15 tackles).
When Westlake has the Ball: Despite entering the season with a new head coach in former Atlanta Falcon Stanley Pritchett, the Lions’ offense looks similar to last year’s that upended East Coweta on its homecoming night. Once again, quarterback Renard Battle is at the center of Westlake’s attack, which can give multiple looks ranging from a two tight-end I-formation or a three-receiver spread. Limiting the output from Battle, who threw for 154 yards through three quarters of last year’s win over the Indians will be a key as will slowing down track standout Josh Poole in the backfield. East Coweta’s defense has allowed more than its share of long touchdowns in five games so far.
When East Coweta Has the Ball: The Indians hope to continue the success they had in their ground game two weeks ago against Central. Running backs Dee Godfrey and Weylin Orr combined for 31 carries and 259 yards along with all four East Coweta touchdowns. The emergence of wide receiver Wyatt Potter, who was caught on a crucial offensive pass interference call on the Indians’ final drive against the Red Devils, has given quarterback Bryce Gemmel another target to throw to along with senior receiver Nigel Gay. Gemmel finished 9 of 16 for 139 yards in his last game.
The Heritage School (5-0) at Mount de Sales (1-5)
When / Where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., Macon
The Skinny: A week after setting a school record for most victories to open the season and winning its first game against a Class AAA opponent since moving up in classification, Heritage School has a chance making even more noise within the GISA in its first trip to play Mount de Sales in football. The Cavaliers have won four state titles under longtime head coach Robert Slocum Jr and have felt the brunt of a schedule full of juggernauts. Mount de Sales’ last five opponents have a combined record of 32-2. The Cavs are facing their fourth consecutive undefeated opponent. It’s both team’s Region 2-AAA opener.
Last Week: Heritage School was off after defeating Southland 48-21 on the road on Sept. 28. Mount de Sales was off after losing at home to Valwood of Valdosta (6-0) 17-14.
Game Balls: The Hawks offensive line may deserve a bulk of credit for their victory over Southland, where Heritage racked up 563 total yards of offense, 456 on the ground.
Series History: This is the first football game between schools.
Players to Watch: The Heritage School — 17 QB Joe Bonner, Sr. (6 of 7, 38 yards, TD), 10 QB Brad Macke, So. (249 yards, 4 TDs), 7 RB/S Candler Rich, Sr. (540 yards, 13 total TDs, 5 INT), RB/CB 11 David Bready, Sr. (215 yds, TD), RB Patrick McKee, Sr. (177 yds 2 TDs), FB/DL 50 Tyler Nix, Sr. (76 yds, 44 tackles), 27 LB Trevor Sawyers, So. (35 tackles), 8 TE/DL Tyler Henson, Jr. (33 tackles, 7 sacks), 32 LB Dalton Trammell (27 tackles), Jr., 2 WR/CB Spencer Perry, Fr. (5 rec, 86 yds, 2 TDs), 56 OL/DL Richard Ebersbach, Sr. ... Mount de Sales — QB Ryan McCallie, Sr. (6-0, 180); DT Jeremiah Cotton, Sr. (6-4, 250); G Jordan Elliott, Sr. (6-2, 230); G Niko Anderson, Sr. (6-4, 260); DE Ben Buster, Sr. (6-4, 230); ILB Chris Conforti, Sr. (5-8, 180); WR Asbury Stembridge, Sr. (5-9, 160); WR Carson Leatherwood, So. (6-1, 180); CB Ken Jones, Sr. (5-9, 150); G Brennan Hamilton, Sr. (5-11, 200); T Patrick Bradley, Sr. (6-1, 220); T Graham Bailey, Sr. (6-4, 240).
Trinity Christian (3-2) at Stratford Academy (3-2)
When / Where: Tonight, 7:30 pm., Macon
The Skinny: Two lineups coming off victories to cap off respective non-region schedules now try to take their first step in GISA Region 2-AAA openers. After meeting last year, the margin of strength between teams has narrowed. Trinity Christian has made tremendous strides on both sides of the ball after allowing at least 28 points during each of its region games last year. Stratford, meanwhile, has been trying to replace players lost to graduation following last year’s trip to the Class AAA finals.
Last week: Stratford Academy defeated Edmund Burke 42-14 on the road; Trinity Christian was off following a 37-19 win at Piedmont Academy on Sept. 28
Game Balls: Trinity’s offensive line played a major role in the Lions’ 376-yard rushing effort against Piedmont.
Series History: Stratford leads 1-0.
Last Meeting: Stratford defeated Trinity Christian 62-28 at East Coweta Middle School last season.
Players to Watch: Trinity Christian (Stats vs. Piedmont) — 4 QB Connor Adams, Sr. (27 yds rush, TD); 7 RB Jay Warner, Sr. (30 carries, 316 yds, 4TDs), 35 FB Drew Gibson, Sr. (33 yds rush, TD)., 88 TE/DL Connor Owen, Sr.; 1 RB/S Dee Snelling, Jr.; 46 LB Diego Henriquez, So. (9 tackles); 8 CB Daniel Shoates, Jr.; 11 LB Edwin Rivera, Sr. ... Stratford Academy — QB John Mitchell Jr. (6-0, 140), RB Greer Smith, Sr. (6-1, 190); RB Austin Simmons, Sr. (5-11, 190); OL Jordi Gaton, Sr. (6-2, 230); TE Colby Pierce, Sr. (6-2, 200); RB K.J. Spears, Jr. (5-10, 150); S Sean Grossnickle (6-0, 150, So.); LB Conner Corbitt So. (5-9, 140); LB Douglas Bradley Jr. (6-0, 170); S William Hicks, Jr. (5-11, 170); OL Cole Thomason, So. (6-1 ,150); LB James Thwaite, Sr. (5-10, 150).