Prep Boys Lacrosse

Durden's record-setting effort paces East Coweta to win

by Staff Reports

Bryce Durden already had East Coweta’s single-season record by the time he had polished off his seventh lacrosse goal against Archer on Friday.

But the eighth was the most important of all.

Durden’s final goal with nine seconds remaining lifted the Indians to a 13-12 victory over Archer in East Coweta’s regular-season finale.

The team now heads into Tuesday’s GHSA State Tournament opener as the No. 4 seed out of Area 1-AAAAAA.

Both East Coweta’s boys and Newnan’s girls will play at Centennial in a doubleheader while trying to knock off Area 3-AAAAAA champions. The Indians finished the season at 8-6 while the Lady Cougars were 6-9-1.

Centennial’s girls have gone undefeated at 16-0-1 while its boys team finished went 15-3 while unbeaten in area play. Two of the team’s losses came to out-of-state opponents.

Durden’s eight goals, meanwhile, set a new Indians single-season record of 57. Caleb Dailey and Carter Byrum each had three assists in the win. Byrum also scored twice while Dailey, Adam Cahir and Lee Steed each had a goal.

Marc St. Germain finished with 15 saves in his first varsity start.

The Indians’ JV tied Archer 3-3 behind Cole Watson’s three goals. St. Germain and August Exner combined for eight saves.


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