McIntosh loses late lead, falls to East Coweta 20-10

Mon, 09/10/2007 - 10:29am
By: Kevin Wandra

Just about nobody could have fathomed McIntosh going 2-0 to begin the season.

Well, what most would have thought would be an unlikely outcome entering the season almost became a reality Friday night in Sharpsburg, when East Coweta (1-1) had to come from behind and hold on for a 20-10 victory over the scrappy McIntosh Chiefs.

Chiefs quarterback Jeff Prather hit Bradley Larson with a 14-yard touchdown pass to cap an 18-play, 80-yard drive that put McIntosh ahead 10-7 late in the third quarter.

Fullback Nick Popeil was a workhorse on the Chiefs’ go-ahead drive, carrying the ball 12 times for 62 yards. He finished the night with 100 yards on 26 carries.

East Coweta’s home crowd was stunned. But the Indians came back and scored twice in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory.

The Indians’ go-ahead touchdown came on the game’s wackiest play.

Quarterback Mac McKnight threw a 12-yard pass that hit off the hands of Randy Snelling and dropped into the hands of Stephan Patterson in the back of the end zone with 7:01 left.

East Coweta added another score with 5:09 remaining: Josh Holloway returned a fumble 8 yards for a touchdown.

McKnight's 12-yard touchdown pass to Shane Pollard opened the scoring with 9:13 left in the first half.

McIntosh cut East Coweta's lead to 7-3 late in the second quarter on a 31-yard field goal by Matt Mateos.

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