East Coweta 49, Henry County 8
Indians run wild over Henry County
When a total of 13 running backs for the same team get to tote the ball in a football game, the results on the field are usually really, really good or really, really bad.
Thankfully, for East Coweta on Friday, it was the case of the former in a 49-8 drubbing of Henry County at Garland Shoemake Stadium that gave the Indians their fifth consecutive victory in a season opener.
The Indians pounded the ball on the ground from start to finish against Henry County at Garland Shoemake Stadium. The baker’s dozen of East Coweta ball carriers amassed 376 rushing yards as East Coweta scored three times in both the first and second quarter for a com- manding 42-0 halftime lead.
“I was pleased with the overall effort,” EC head coach Clint Wade said. “We’ve still got a lot of kinks to iron out with the timing and things of that nature, but overall we were pleased with what we did and the execution with which we did it.”
Racking up all that mileage was impressive enough. However, the Indi- ans were able to do it while spreading the carries out fairly evenly. In fact, no one on the Indians’ roster carried the ball more than 11 times and no one player rushed for 100 yards.
Weylin Orr was the EC carries leader and overall leader on offense for the night with 11. He made the most of his touches with 94 rushing yards and three first- half touchdowns. While Wade admitted Orr had an impressive night on offense, he was quick to point out that others had solid games as well.
“(Orr) missed a few holes but that’s just part of it, they make mistakes,” Wade said. But overall Weylin did really well Bryce (quarterback Bryce Gemmel) ran the offense real well. That’s big. That’s huge. We’ve just got to keep working on it. Keep getting better and keep executing.”
It didn’t take long for the Indians to put the first points of the new season on the score- board and set the tone for what was to come. Starting at their own 32, the Indians needed just 7 plays to march to pay dirt. Three of their six run plays went for double-digit gains and first downs. It was Orr who opened the scoring on a 31-yard run around right end at the 8:46 mark.
The Indians scored again on their third possession of the game. This drive lasted 3:14 and covered just 29 yards on six plays.
Orr carried the ball on five of the plays, including the one that counted, a 4-yard run that made it 14-0 with 1.4 seconds left in the first quarter.
However, the score after one quarter was 21-0 in favor of the Indians. Kicker Cole Antley booted the ensuing kickoff into the end zone, forcing the War- hawks to start their drive at their own 20 still with 1.4 seconds on the clock.
They took to the air on the next play from scrimmage, but the pass was intercepted by Kevin Lashley. There was a penalty on Henry County.
The result was one untimed play to end the quarter for the Indians. Alex Branch made the most of the chance, as he scampered for a 23-yard score.
Wade credited his defense for its solid play as well.
“Defensively, I know they’re running that option football,” Wade said. “That’s assignment stuff, and coach (Ahmand) Tinker (defensive coordinator) and the staff did a heck of a job getting that together. Overall, with option football you have to be assignment football and I thought we executed it.”
EC also scored on its final three possessions of the half. Malik Robinson, who was third on the team in touches with 5 and 39 yards, made it 28-0 early in the second on a 3-yard run. Carlos Ford made it 35-0 when he hurdled a would-be tackler to break a 25-yard touchdown run.
Orr closed out the half with his third touchdown of the night, a two-yard plunge for a 42-0 halftime score.
The Indians brought in their reserves for the second half, and they more than held their own.
The Warhawks managed their only score at the start of the fourth quarter. Xavier Diaz picked up an Indians’ fumble and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown. Henry County was successful on a fake extra-point try for the two-point conversion. Elishua Orr had the Indi- ans’ only second-half score on a 3-yard run for the 49-8 final.
The Indians (1-0) travel to Gwinnett County next week to face a formidable Archer squad.
“They’re an excellent football team. They ended up 6-4 last year and just slid out of the playoffs. They had Brookwood and some other quality teams in Gwinnett County. We’ve got a big challenge ahead of us. This was a good warmup for us.”