Published Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday's Prep Football Picks

From The Newnan Times-Herald Sports Staff

sports@newnan.com

As we go into the last weekend of September, the NTH Sports Staff owns an 18-4 overall record in Friday prep football picks.

Last week, the staff went 3-1.

Here we go for tonight's games.

Union Grove (2-1) at Northgate (2-2): One of two Homecoming games on the schedule this week, and you know what that means. The Wolverines are certainly no cupcake, having put together victories over Locust Grove and Henry County neighbors Woodland. But after heavy lifting to begin the 2012 schedule, the Vikings’ reps over the last two weeks have them looking much like the contender we expected when subregion play begins next week. VIKINGS 41, WOLVERINES 10.

Hardaway (2-2) at Newnan (3-1): Second verse, same as the first. The Cougars are well rested after a week off. It came after four grueling weeks to open the season, three of which ended in comeback victories. Leave the Maalox at home tonight, though. This one should go down a bit smoother for head coach Mike McDonald and company in the first Homecoming at the newly remodeled Drake Stadium. COUGARS 28, HAWKS 12.

East Coweta (1-3) at Central-Phenix City, Ala. (3-1): Good news, Indians fans. There light at the end of this dark tunnel, which has spanned through four consecutive tough non-region games. Unfortunately, Central-Phenix City is No. 4 on that list. Expect a much more concerted effort from East Coweta than the struggles it had against Lovejoy. The offense moves it better tonight. But not enough to get the points it’ll need to win the game. RED DEVILS 21, INDIANS 17.

Heritage School (4-0) at Southland Academy (5-0): The first of two expected knockdown, drag-out games between our local GISA teams. These two lineups faced off twice during the sweltering temperatures of early August at preseason camp and on what expects to be another hot one tonight, the Hawks have a chance at a fifth-straight win and history once again. We haven’t picked a Heritage loss since last year’s Trinity game, when head coach Kevin Prisant used it as motivation for a victory. Here’s another he might use in what will be a thriller. RAIDERS 35, HAWKS 34.

Trinity Christian (2-2) at Piedmont Academy (1-4): East Coweta isn’t the only program feeling the wrath of a tough early schedule. After reeling off 26 consecutive wins, the two-time defending GISA Class AA champions have lost four games to teams with a combined record of 12-5-1. Trinity would like to have last week’s game back in which it gave up 14 late points off turnovers. Expect a much more mistake-free game tonight before heading into a bye week. It might come as a moral victory, however, against the Cougars and top runner Peter Lawson. COUGARS 17, LIONS 14.

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