Friday's Prep Football PicksBy STAFF REPORTS
After seven weeks of games, we finally arrive at the most meaningful Friday of the 2012 season — at least so far.
For the first time, all of Coweta’s teams will be playing region games. With cool air beginning to settle in to a more fall-like setting tonight, it’s time to bundle up and bear down. Thanks to a late save by Northgate (our photogs thank you), we’re spared a week entirely made up of road trips. Heritage Christian is also home tonight in a ICSGA 8-man North Region game against North Georgia.
Here we go, visitors first:
Tonight’s Games (All at 7:30 p.m.)
Newnan (4-1) at Tri Cities (2-3): This one might be David vs. Goliaths if we were looking at the size the Bulldogs front brings among four major Division I prospects all over 280-pounds, two of which are expected to sign with Georgia Tech. But Tri-Cities’ bigger issue has been replacing last year’s skill position players. Outside of a 48-point outburst at Banneker, the offense has been averaging just over two touchdowns a game. Give the edge to Newnan, having played from behind much of this season. COUGARS 21, BULLDOGS 14.
East Coweta (1-4) at Westlake (0-5): Call it the “Happiness Bowl,” as in ‘Aren’t we happy that the non-region schedule is over.’ Phew. Both lineups might unleash themselves tonight like a boy who’s just had his training wheels removed from his first Schwinn. The 31-points scored against Central of Phenix City two weeks ago is a huge sign of improvement for the Indians. The 33 allowed, however, are not. East Coweta, though, remembers Westlake ruining last year’s Homecoming at Garland Shoemake. Payback time. INDIANS 34, LIONS 30.
Creekside (4-2, 1-0) at Northgate (2-4, 0-1): It’s pretty much do-or-die for the Vikings tonight at Henry Seldon Field following three straight losses, the most detrimental coming last week at Whitewater in the subregion opener. While the top four finishers in 4B-AAAAA will all have a chance to play for a playoff spot on Nov. 9 in region crossovers (1B vs. 4A, 2B vs. 3A, etc.), tonight may be the difference between playing a team like Drew or Union Grove on the road to reach state or hosting Mundy’s Mill or Ola again. After coming a score away last week, we expect an even closer one tonight. Score one for home field. VIKINGS 24, SEMINOLES 21.
The Heritage School (5-0) at Mount de Sales (1-5): This one’s the “Bizarro Bowl,” pitting Heritage’s first ever 5-0 lineup against mighty Mount de Sales, the biggest school in the GISA. The schedules prior tonight haven’t exactly been identical, however, considering the Cavaliers have lost to teams with a combined record of 32-2. That’ll make things a lot closer than folks could expect on paper. Nevertheless, we’ve learned the hard way NOT to pick against Heritage. As one of you wrote online this week, “They may be dumb, but they’re not stupid.” HAWKS 42, CAVALIERS 26.
Trinity Christian (3-2) at Stratford Academy (3-2): There will be a point this season where one of Trinity Christian’s opponents remembers how “easy” a victory came last year in region play. Stratford, however, is well-coached and fundamentally sound enough to fall to deaf ears on that one. Trinity has shown in its second GISA season that it can both score points and stop opposing offenses. Their opponents may feel fortunate that they caught Trinity early in the region schedule. EAGLES 17, LIONS 13