The Fayette Citizen-Sports Page

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Regular season of football enters final week


The East Coweta Indians entered the stadium at Newnan High School on Friday undefeated and unbeaten in their last eight games against the Cougars. Despite fumbling the ball six times, the Indians remain undefeated and playoff bound.

East Coweta did what they have done all season long. They got a solid performance from Preston Sticklin, who rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns, and their defense was nearly impenetrable. To beat Newnan, a team must stop running back Rod Gray. The Indians held Gray to just 61 yards on the night. East Coweta has clinched a playoff spot and Newnan must defeat Starr's Mill on Friday to make the playoffs.

Starr's Mill had a bye this week and must win on Friday to make the playoffs as well.

Fayette County finished their season on Friday with a 31-0 win over Evans. The Tigers, who had one win last year, finished the season 6-4. Jeff Crisp threw two touchdown passes on the night, one for 37 yards to Matt Owens and one for 14 yards to Tyler Watts. Crisp passed for 252 yards last Friday. Another standout for the Tigers was Zach Baker who blocked a punt and ran for a touchdown. Other Tigers adding to the scoring were John Deraney with a field goal and Corey Burton.

Sandy Creek defeated Salem, 27-13 last Friday to improve to 3-6 on the season. Kelvin German ran for 177 yards and two touchdowns last week and is 30 yards short of the school's single season rushing record. The Patriots found themselves down 10-0 early but battled back to go into the half up 13-10. Phillip Hyde scored two tuchdowns and Jenna Thomason added a field goal for the Patriots who also had an impressive night on defense. Thomas Munson had a fumble recovery and Riey Swanson had 3 tackles. Dusty Bennett started at quarterback for Sandy Creek in his first varisty game as a starter. He passed for 63 yards and helped lead the team to the win. Sandy Creek finishes their season on Friday as they host Pickens

Landmark Christian defeated Mt. Zion, Carroll on Friday, 31-13. The War Eagles got an outstanding performance from Dillon Haynes, who rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns. Landmark Christian, guaranteed a playoff spot, clinched the second spot in Class 5-A. They are 6-3 and will finish above .500 for the first time since 1997, when they finished 9-1.

McIntosh played North Clayton on Saturday afternoon and got their first win of the season. Tied 21-21 with six minutes to go in the game, Omar Jarun hit a 43 yard field goal to put the Chiefs ahead. Luke Wiggs connected with Drew Hartley twice for toucdowns as McIntosh ended an eight game losing streak. Nich Achor scored a touchdown with a one yard touchdown run and Cameron Hall had 96 yards rushing for the Chiefs. McIntosh will host Morrow on Friday for their final game of the season.

The Bobcats from Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School finished their 2001 season 5-5 after dropping a hard fought contest to Blessed Trinity, 27-6 on Friday night at Mercy Field. The Bobcats were 0-7 last year. Coach Alan Gordon brought the Bobcats along slowly, playing four varsity games and six JV games. Mercy finished 2-2 in their varsity contests. The Bobcats turned to their defense in each game to carry the team, and Friday night was no exception. Linebacker Matt Gill played a tremendous game, recording 12 tackles. Freshman linebacker Ryan Sling helped out with seven tackles. Also playing tough defense were Quentin Jones, Greg Spencer, Alex Hooper and Ralph Woolfolk.

Mercy scored their only touchdown on a 20 yard touchdown pass from Ralph Woolfolk to Nonso Moh. Mercy will play a full varsity schedule in 2002 and Gordon looks forward to the challenge, "I feel our players learned a lot about football and what it takes to be a quality program. The commitment, dedication and class these young men showed made me very proud of them. I feel confident next year we will improve on what we started and continue to build a football program our school and community will embrace."

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