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High school football in Georgia, especially in Coweta County has turned into a 12-month process. Page 6

GAMES TO WATCH:

Preparation now a 12-month process

BY DOUG GORMAN

Several games should have playoff implications this season. Page 10

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WEST GEORGIA FOOTBALL:

The University of West Georgia Wolves have high expectations entering the 2019 season. Page 12

PLAYERS IN THE PROS:

Four players from Coweta County headed to NFL training camps last month. Page 38

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High School football

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igh School football is a way of life in most communities But it’s not just something that’s done to occupy a Friday night during the fall. Over the years the sports that’s almost a religion in the south has changed over the course of time, especially in the way high school teams gear up for the upcoming season. Years ago, teams would often go away to a secluded camp where they would practice three or four times a day. It gave teams a chance to smother themselves in football in preparation for the upcoming season. Teams not only bonded during the time away at camp, it also served as a way for players to get back into football playing shape. Two and three-a-day practices are for the most part a thing of the past. Now days, teams still live, breath and immerse themselves in football, but it’s turned into a 12-month event with some form of preparation taking place year round. June and July are often filled with 7-on-7 drills giving squads a

sense of competition leading up to the start of the season. For the most part the 7-on-7s are non-contact, but are still a fun way to beat the boredom that often comes with just showing up in the weightroom. Because of an earlier start to the school year, teams have changed the way they approach getting ready for the upcoming season. Many schools start classes just days after the football team begins practicing in pads for the upcoming season. One of the top priorities for any high school team is getting stronger and staying in shape, often starting in December in the weightroom after a short break when the last game ends. Coweta County coaches all say their players have gotten the message when it comes to the importance of staying in shape and


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We really work them hard. They really did a great job this year. Every year that I have been here, we have been able to go a little bit further. They just come back in better shape. -Heritage coach, Micah Alba

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working out year round. “We have made really great strides since we have been here,” said third-year Newnan coach Chip Walker. “Our players are really buying into what is important.” At many schools, weight lifting classes are offered as part of the school’s physical education program so athletes can get their workouts in during the academic part of the day. “Most of our players are able to get their workouts done during the day and get it over with,” East Coweta head coach John Small said. It can be intense at times. “We really work them hard. They really did a great job this year. Every year that I have been here, we have been able to go a little bit further. They just come back in better shape,” Heritage coach Micah Alba said. When Trinity moved into its new campus last year, a state of the art weightlifting facility was also included. It all was part of Trinity’s transition to the GHSA last season that saw the team record an 8-4 record and win a first-round playoff game. When the short-lived professional Alliance of American Football folded after just a few weeks this spring,

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Trinity athletic director Chris Hanson, a former All-Pro punter in the NFL, used his connections to buy some equipment from the defunct franchise. It was just part of the school’s masterplan to help build the weightroom. Long-time coach Kenny Dallas knows the importance of keeping the team focused year round. For Dallas, who is in his third year at Trinity, it’s also about family on an off the field which is also part of his philosophy for keeping his team bonded round. “I am a big believer that champions are built when nobody's looking,” Dallas said. “Everybody is working hard in August, but some of the best work is done when people aren’t paying attention.” During the offseason conditioning program, Dallas has set a 5:57 AM starting time for his team to being working out. The strange time is done for a reason. “The difference between 5:57 and 6 is nothing other that I want the kids to know that they had to do something hard before six o’clock. We are so young and since many of our kids don’t drive, we have to have buy in from our parents and we get great support,” Dallas said. It’s also important to keep the chemistry going year to year and most much of that happens between the last game of one season and the start of the next. “We are preaching the same thing every day, teamwork teammates and loving each other and fighting through some adversity together sometimes,” Small said. The personality of a team can change every year. “Every team is different because you lose some kids, and you have to develop the brotherhood with the new kids,” East Coweta head coach John Small said. “You have to see who our leaders are going to be each year.” In the weightroom it’s not just about who can lift the most weight. We really work with our weights and try to be explosive. I don’t really care if they can lift the house, if they can’t be explosive that doesn’t do us any good,” Alba said. It can be a building process for the first couple of years a coach is in charge of his program. “We have had a great offseason,” said second-year Northgate head coach Mike McDonald.”There is so much more familiarity and things have gone smoother.” 8

Strength and conditioning has paid off for all the teams in the area. Last year, McDonald led the Vikings back to the playoffs after a one-year absence and hopes to take the team past the first round this coming year. Newnan and East Coweta each made the playoffs out of Region 2-7A after a slow start. Trinity enjoyed a successful first year in its move to the GHSA after years as a powerhouse program in the GISA, including a trip to the state title game two years ago. Alba has also added yoga to the mix as away to prepare his team for the upcoming season. Heritage has one of the smallest rosters in the county, with most players have to play multiple positions and on both sides of the ball. “Our guys have done a great job,” Alba said. “Even the younger guys are doing what we have asked.” Playing multiple sports is another way athletes stay busy and stay in shape. “I want our guys to play as many sports as they can,” Walker said. “It’s good for them and they are representing our school which is a good thing.”


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Top games local high school football fans should circle on their calendars

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Each and every week high school football games are full of drama. Some contests have more meaning than others, whether it’s because an intense rivalry is being renewed or because it’s significant in other ways. Here is a list of some of the top games fans in Coweta County may want to circle on their calendars heading into the 2019 season:

at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This year, the Indians take on a different opponent as they play Mill Creek. Both teams went to the playoffs last year with Mill Creek finishing 8-4 and East Coweta finishing 4-8.

August 23

There’s not enough history between the two Coweta County Schools to call it a rivalry. This will only be the fourth meeting ever between Newnan and Northgate. However, this game should be intense. Second-year Northgate head coach Mike McDonald spent eight years as the head coach at Newnan. Northgate will be looking for its first win in the series. Both Newnan and Northgate are coming off trips to the playoffs after each finished 6-5 in 2018.

Northeast Macon at Trinity Christian The Lion begin their second season in the Georgia High School Association. A year ago, Trinity opened its first season in the GHSA with a 20-19 victory over Northeast. It was the start of some big things to come for the Lions as they finished with an 8-4 record and a trip to the playoffs.

Aug. 30

Newnan vs Northgate:

Sept. 6

Central Christian at Cherokee Christian

Lowndes at East Coweta:

The Crusaders enter their second season playing 11-man football after years as an 8-man powerhouse. Cherokee Christian finished 8-2 last year. It also begins a new era at Central as Evan Cooper brings an NFL background to the program.

One of the powerhouses in all of Georgia high school football comes to Sharpsburg as Lowndes makes the trek from south Georgia. Lowndes advanced to the Class 7A semifinals with a 10-4 record in 2018. The Vikings’ season ended with a 28-17 loss to Milton. In last year’s meeting between the Vikings and Indians, Lowndes won 37-12.

Aug. 24 East Coweta vs. Mill Creek (Mercedes-Benz Stadium) For the second year in a row, the East Coweta Indians will play at Mercedes-Benz Stadium as part of the Corky Kell Classic to open the season. A year ago, the Indians rally fell just short, as they lost 36-34 to Kell High School 10

Sept. 13

Douglas County at Northgate: When the Tigers come to Henry Seldon Memorial Stadium, it will be the Region 5-6A opener for both teams. In last year’s meeting, Douglas County won 33-7. Like the Vikings, the Tigers also advanced to the first round of the Class 6A playoffs, finishing with an 8-3 record.


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Newnan at Griffin:

Two of the oldest high school football programs in the state get together in Griffin for the 50th time. The Bears hold a 30-19 record over the Cougars. Griffin won last year’s meeting 26-17.

Sept. 20

powers in Georgia. This will be the fourth meeting between the two schools, with McEachern holding a 3-0 lead. East Coweta lost last year’s meeting 53-10.

Oct. 11

Landmark at Trinity Christian:

Two GISA powerhouses get together at Heritage. A year ago, Valwood edged the Hawks 28-24 midway through the season.

Trinity Head Coach Kenny Dallas is trying to turn the Lions into a powerhouse. In this game, he welcomes the team he once coached to Sharpsburg. Dallas served as the Landmark head coach from 2001-2011, leading the team to the playoffs in each of those seasons.

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Oct. 25

The five-time state Class A private school champs come to play Trinity in a key region game. A year ago, the two teams played twice, with the Chargers winning both games – once in the regular season and once in the playoffs.

Bobby May takes over at Westlake, inheriting a squad that went 9-3 and won the Region 2-7A title in 2018. In last year’s meeting between the Lions and Cougars, Westlake won 47-21.

Valwood at Heritage:

Eagle’s Landing Christian at Trinity:

Oct. 4

East Coweta at McEachern:

After 11 seasons and 103 victories, Kyle Hockman will no longer patrol the sidelines at McEachern. Still, the Cobb County school should remain one of the top football

Westlake at Newnan:

Nov. 8

East Coweta vs Newnan:

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WEST GEORGIA GARNERS SOME EARLY PRESEASON RANKINGS

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est Georgia football is on the early radar for national consideration in 2019, as the Wolves have been recognized as a preseason Top 25 team in Street & Smith’s and Lindy’s preseason publications. Street & Smith’s ranked West Georgia 16th in their preseason Top 25 while, Lindy’s ranked the Wolves at 23rd in that ranking. The Wolves return 16 starters from the team that finished the 2018 season with a 10-2 record and the fourth berth in the NCAA Division II play-

offs in the past five years. West Georgia has been a fixture among the national rankings since the run to the NCAA semifinals in 2014, with this year’s ranking as the fourth consecutive year with a preseason Top 25 spot for the Wolves. The 2019 season opens for West Georgia on the road at Catawba on Sept. 7 with a noon kickoff. The home opener comes two weeks later, as the Wolves host Albany State on Family & Friends Night on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.

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East Coweta Looking to build on last year’s late-season success written & photographed

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espite going 4-8 last season and winning a first-round playoff game, the East Coweta Indians have nowhere to go but up as they head into the 2019 season. East Coweta suffered some growing pains early as it dropped six games in a row to open the season. It was the late-season surge that left head coach John Small full of pride and hope for the upcoming season. The Indians finally broke their losing streak with a 45-21 victory over Wheeler in the second Region 2-7A game of the year. It was the start of a three-game region win streak for the Indians, who – despite their losing record – worked their way into the playoffs as the No. 4 seed out of Region 2-7A. The Indians moved into the second round with a victory over Marietta before falling in to Tift County 24-17 to end their season. After hosting Griffin in a scrimmage on Aug. 16, the Indians will kick off the season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium against Mill Creek on Aug. 24. It’s the second year in a row the Indians will open their football campaign as part of the Corky Kell Classic. A year ago, the Indians dropped a hard-fought 36-34 decision to Kell when their fourth-quarter comeback fell just short. Like last year, the Indians will play five non-region games to open the season, and each one of them will be a tough test. After the Mill Creek, the Indians play some traditional powerhouses. For the second year in a row, Small will take his team to Carrollton for a game at his alma mater, West Georgia, on Aug. 30. Lowndes, which made it all the way to the semifinals in Class 7-A, will make the trek from South Georgia to help the Indians open their home slate on Sept. 13. East Coweta closes out the non-region portion of its season with away games on Sept. 20 at North Cobb

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and at Oct. 10 at McEachern. Small said he knows playing a tough non-region schedule can pay off. “It wasn’t fun to go through, but our kids did a great job just being patient and trusting the process,” he said. The Indians will play their second game at home Oct. 11, when they face Westlake in their region opener. East Coweta comes into the season trying to fill in some holes left from graduation. Gone is some bigplay potential, including running back Gerald Green, who rushed for 1,617 yards and 16 touchdowns. Green finished the year with seven 100-yard games. Trying to replace Green has not been easy. “I am not sure you can replace him,” Small said. “He is a once in a lifetime back.” Senior running back Jayland Rivers has battled through injuries, but is health heading into his senior


COWETA KICKOFF GUIDE 2019 year. “He is our top guy in the weight room and he is a tremendous worker,” Small said. He is a great student and one of the best young men I have ever been around.” Move in Jayden Bolden and Corey Bridges are also slated to carry the football out of the backfield. “We feel like we have a three-headed monster back there,” Small said. “Guys can come in a spell each other. The thing you lack without Gerald is the home run hitter.” However, Small knows the Indians can survive without Green’s strike quick ability. “Our philosophy is to control the ball and eat the clock and play great defense and win the special teams battle,” Small said. “With Gerald it was sometimes hard to control the clock because he would break off an 80-yard touchdown,” Small said. Danatrius Chunn, who was a force on both sides of the football and on special teams, has also graduated. The Indians will also be in the market for their third starting quarterback in as many years. Last season’s starter, Nate Cronic – grandson of long-time East Coweta coach Danny Cronic – graduated, after throwing for more than 1,000 yards in 2018. Finding the new quarterback was top priority for the Indians’ coaching staff, and it has centered around four candidates. Senior Devin Gelband, junior Gabe Gray and sophomores Fate Simmons, and Ethan McCawley are all in the hunt. “We have been really pleased with all four of those guys,” Small said. “We knew we were going to have four inexperienced guys, but they had been in the program. They have all had a tremendous spring and summer.” At wide receiver, Christian Hatzo has moved over from the defensive side. Javante Rosser is a two-way player, who will also play wide receiver on the offensive side of the ball. Brothers Rakiyan and Amaryion Moss will play slot receivers. “The have a really special relationship and it is pretty cool to watch,” Small said. He said the Indians are blessed with some good size up front to anchor the offensive line. Junior Gage Pitchford will start at left tackle, Jeden Watson will also play up front. Center Aaron Feinimore will get the start as a freshman. Cameron Krass and Dallas Vineyard will also get playing time on the offensive line.

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at a glance Head Coach: John Small (third season, 15 overall, 77-75). Indians Staff: Jackson Dean, offensive coordinator, wide receivers; Jamie Glover, offensive line/strength and conditioning; Nick Johnson, running backs; Zach Giddens, quarterbacks; A.J. Ellis, wide receivers; Andy Washington cornerbacks; Mark Barfield, outside linebackers; Sam Honeyman, defensive line; Todd Beldon, kickers and outside linebackers. Recent History: 4-8 (2018), 5-5 (2017), 8-3 (2016), 8-3 (2015).

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9 p.m. Aug. 24 Mill Creek, (Mercedes-Benz Stadium) 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at Carrollton (West Georgia University) 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 Lowndes 7:30 p.m. at North Cobb 7:30 p.m. Oct. at 4 at McEachern * 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 Westlake * 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Wheeler 16

* 7:30 p.m Oct. 25 Pebblebrook * Nov. 1 Campbell * Nov. 8 at Newnan * Region 2-7A games 2018 Results (4-8) L Kell 36-34 L Carrollton 37-32 L Lowdnes 37-22 L North Cobb 34-30 (OT)

L McEachern 53-10 *L Westlake 53-30 * W Wheeler 45-21 * W Pebblebrook 25-14 * W Campbell 33-14 * L Newnan 28-16 * Region 2-7A games Playoffs W Marietta 28-26 L Tift County 24-17


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“We are pretty young up front,” Small said. We also have some experience, and the backs love running behind them, so I think that is one of our strengths.” The Indians will look a little different on the defensive side of the line of scrimmage after changing their scheme. Up front, Small likes his team’s depth. Aughnae Wagner brings back experience to the defensive line Ryan Barber was supposed to start on the defensive line last year, but a knee injury sidelined him for the entire season. He is back healthy this year, and expected to start. Sean Culpepper, Kyle Marshall, Walter Lowe, Gerald Ball and Christan Moore all bring depth to the defensive line. The Indians also have some experience at linebacker with Devin Holmes starting for his third year. Two-year starter Dylan Spellios and Chase Lewis are back for their junior seasons. At the safety spots, Antino Hogan battled some injuries, but is again healthy. At the outside linebacker spot, Piere Robinson, Jamari Alford and Javontae Rosser are also in the hunt for playing on the outside. A year ago, the Indians played some young inexperienced players at the cornerback position. This year, Small expects that experience to pay off with Willie Rice and Chris Pitt slated as starters. A couple of offensive standouts are also expected to play on the defensive side of the ball. “We have good depth on that side of the ball,” Small said. Gage Pitchford is one of the best long snappers in the country and will help bring strength to the kicking game. Dylan Lewis had a solid summer at kicking camps and will boost the Indians special team as both the place kicker and punter. “He kind of lacked confidence last season, but he has had a great summer and should be getting some college offers,” Small said. Beau Beldon also brings a solid leg into the lineup with his ability to kick the football. Four or five guys are in the hunt for landing the job as a kick returner, according to Small. “I feel like we have a balanced team,” Small said.

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hen the Newnan Cougars assembled for preseason practice last summer, one of the biggest question marks centered on who was going to play quarterback for the upcoming season. That won’t be an issue this year, as Michael Maggins more than proved himself in 2018 when he earned the starting role as a sophomore. Maggins threw for 1,674 yards and 15 touchdowns and logged just six interceptions as the Cougars finished with a 6-5 record and a trip to the first round of the Class 7A playoffs. The season ended with a 48-21 loss to

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McEachern after Newnan entered the playoffs as the No. 3 team out of Region 2-7A. Maggins lost two of his favorite pass-catchers with the graduation of Woody Waters and Kyle McDonald. Waters finished the season with 46 catches and five TDs, while McDonald had 24 catches for six TDs. Newnan might have lost the bulk of its receiving lineup but the second-year starting quarterback’s future is bright. “Michael has grown over the course of the offseason,” Newnan third-year head coach Chip Walker said. “He is sitting on some good college offers right now. He is a guy who can do a little bit of everything. He can run it and throw it.” The Cougars have already suffered a major blow to the upcoming campaign as rising junior Bryson Moss is out for the season with an ACL injury. “It’s a big loss for us, but he is ahead of schedule with his rehab and hopefully he will return for a big senior year next year,” Walker said. Walker entered the preseason with high hopes for three of the team’s fullbacks, in-


cluding seniors Austin Payan, Omarion Florence, and sophomore Fred Tolbert. At the tailback spot, junior Aubrey Carter brings back plenty of experience after playing since his freshman year, but his playing time could be elevated more with the loss of Moss. Sophomore Nick Owens also comes into the season with plenty of potential. “We feel like the tailback spot is in good hands, but when you lose somebody with the talent of a Bryson, it’s going to be different,” Walker said. The Cougars enter the 2019 season two-deep at the tight end spot with Drew Brooks and Yates Kelleher expected to anchor down the position. “They can catch and they can block, so we might use the tight end more this season,” Walker said. Despite the loss of some talented wide receivers to graduation, the cupboard isn’t totally empty. Junior Josh Harris and sophomore Quanard Arnold are slated to step in and fill the void. Juniors Reid Brass, James Rosser, and Gil Waters bring depth to the position. Up front, the Cougars also bring back experience to the offensive line. Junior center Adam Rush is back to anchor the offensive line. Guards Cameron Hand and Jaren Whitehurst bring experience back to the Cougars lineup after playing last year. Also slated to contribute at guard are Jacob Harmon and P.J. Ellis. Walker said he likes the talent at the tackle spots. Carter Counts and Pichon Wimbley have had solid camps for the Cougars. Senior Kevin Hernandez also brings depth to the tackle spot. “Some of these guys are still really young, but they have already played a lot of football, so we feel really good about that.” On the defensive side of the ball, several players will have to be replaced. Gone are Mailk Hussie, Rodney Boozier, and San Juan Warner, who combined for more than 100 tackles. Some things won’t change, however, as the Cougars again use a 3-4 scheme. Eric Geter will play both nose guard and defensive end. “He is sort of the anchor of the defensive line,” Walker said. Defensive linemen Demterius Gates and T.J. Hill are also back for their senior years. Brandon Tolbert and Myky Hill are also slated to see time on the defensive line. Corey Brooks and RayQuan Ransby are penciled in at outside linebacker. Zack Quick and E.J. Harris also bring depth to the outside linebacker spot. Steven Carter, and A.J. Gould are experienced at the middle linebacker slots. In the secondary, Denzil Boston returns. His season was highlighted a year ago with two interceptions against East Coweta. Justin Bell also brings depth to the secondary. Walker will have the option of bringing players over from the offensive side to play in the secondary. The Cougars’ special teams unit will have a different look to it with the graduation of kicker Rad Wyrick and returner Woody Waters. However, long snapper Reid Brass is back. Punter Tyler Rogers has had a good camp. Sam Willems and

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2019 Newnan Cougars

at a glance Head Coach: Chip Walker (third season, 15th overall, 137-38-1)

Cougars Staff: Shawn Campbell (defensive coordinator), Dustin Alley, Chris Brown, J.T. Brown, T.J. Barden, T.C. Boyd, Wes Clark, Wes Hardin, Burt Horton, Bill Luckie, Zander Ogletree, Ray Ross, Jeremy Sweeney, Trey Walker. Recent History: 6-5 (2018), 4-7 (2017), 3-7 (2016), 9-3 (2015).

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SCHEDULE 2019 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Chapel Hill 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at Northgate 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 Alexander 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Griffin 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 Walton *7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Wheeler *7:30 p.m Oct. 18 at Campbell 20

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L Griffin 26-17 L Walton 45-21 *W Wheeler 38-36 *W Campbell 49-13 *L Westlake 47-21 *W Pebblebrook 21-2 *W East Coweta 28-16 * Region 2-7A games Playoffs L McEachern 48-21


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Dalton Anderson are expected to handle the kicking duties. The Cougars open the season with five non-region games, including two straight on the road when they begin the year at Chapel Hill on Aug. 23. From there, Newnan plays Coweta County opponent Northgate on Aug. 30. It will be the Vikings’ first game of the season. “We are excited about the Northgate game,” Walker said. “It should be a great gate and something the community is excited about.” After the game against Walton, Newnan battles it out for one of the four region playoff spots as it plays league games the rest of the way. Newnan’s annual game against rival East Coweta is the final week of the regular season, Nov. 8, at Drake Stadium. The Cougars won last year’s contest 28-16, and Newnan takes a two-game winning streak into the series with East Coweta. “When you start talking about the league, I don’t think there is any doubt that you start with Westlake, “Walker said. “East Coweta is going to have a really good team. The good thing about those games, we get them both at home.” There will also be four new coaches in the league as every team but East Coweta and Newnan will have somebody new running the program.

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Northgate

McDonald excited about year two at Northgate written & photographed

BY DOUG GORMAN

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year ago, first-year Northgate head coach Mike McDonald’s mission was simple: get the Vikings back to the playoffs after they missed out on the postseason the year before. McDonald succeeded. The Vikings made it into the playoffs as the No. 4 team out of Region 5-6A, finishing with a 6-4 regular-season record. The Vikings’ postseason journey might have been shortlived as they fell to Dacula in the first round of the Class 6A playoff field, but McDonald laid the groundwork for again turning the Vikings into contenders. Confidence is high heading into year two as the Vikings’ head coach. “We have had a really good offseason,” McDonald said. “The kids have worked really hard. There is more familiarity with everybody. It’s gone much smoother, so that’s been good.” For McDonald, last season marked a return to running his own program after he served one year as an assistant coach at East Coweta. The veteran head coach spent eight seasons at Newnan and three at Union Grove. One of the first things he did once he got the job at Northgate was to bring back two familiar faces to his coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Kenny Morris and defensive coordinator LaVarrett Pearson worked with McDonald in similar roles at Newnan. The reunion clicked, as the team went 5-3 in the region and undefeated at home. McDonald picked up his first win as the Vikings’ head coach in the second game of the season, when Northgate traveled down the road to Starrs Mill and beat the Panthers 31-29. The rest of the Vikings’ victories came against region opponents and included wins in five of six games. A hard-fought loss to South Paulding kept the Vikings from earning a better seed in the playoffs. The Vikings closed out the regular season with region wins over Tri-Cities, Langston Hughes and Mays to secure their

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playoff spot. This year, Northgate gets things started with two home games as Newnan comes to Henry Seldon Field for the Vikings’ season opener. The Cougars will have the advantage of opening up the week before as they travel to Chapel Hill for their season opener. The following week, the Vikings stay at home for a game against Starrs Mill. Northgate enters the season with replacements to some key personnel on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Gone are offensive lineman Will Sachs and defensive lineman Nichal Johnson, who were the cornerstones of the team last year. OFFENSE: The Vikings have plenty of experience as senior quarterback Issac Corbit is back to run the offense for the second year in a row. “He had a really good year last year and improved week to week,” McDonald said. “We are looking for big things from him.” Running back Tanner Hughes moves to the A-back position. “He had a great offseason and a great summer,” McDonald said. “We are looking for big things out of Tanner. He is a guy that played in all 11 games last year.” James Hugh steps into the H-back role for the Vikings, after getting some carries last year out of the backfield as a


sophomore. Two candidates have emerged at the tight end spot for the Vikings, including sophomore Holden Smith and Andrious Franquez. McDonald said it was wide receiver by committee as several players compete for playing time. Preston Lindros returns after battling injuries last year. Dillon Wade and Landon Usher will play on both sides of the ball, including helping out at wide receiver when the Vikings have the ball. Elliott Vickery, who sat out last year, has returned for his senior year and will also help out on both sides of the ball, including at wide receiver. The biggest question mark for the Vikings could be the offensive line after it was hit hard by graduation. In addition to Sachs, the Vikings have to replace Bryan Bordeaux and Mason Smith up front. “They started a lot of games over a lot of years here,” McDonald said. “What was the strength of our team last year might not be as strong, but we feel good.” Tackle Luke Vega brings back experience after starting every game last year, and Macarthur Colton will switch over from the defensive line to the offensive line for the upcoming season. Several guards are in the mix for playing time, including John Clifton, Kelly Allen, Garrett Matthews and Colton Crawford. At center, Ryan Ledford and Ethan Panter should both see playing time. DEFENSE: The linebacker spot could be the strength of the team, with several experienced players coming back. Connor Marshall, Logan Estes, and 11-game starters Robbie Reid and Emanuel Nolan anchor things in the middle. “It’s good to bring those guys back with lots of experience,” McDonald said. McDonald said he also likes the experience of the players up front, with nose guard Travis Kilgore and Jah’Rel Stephens expected to anchor down the defensive line. The Vikings bring back depth to the defensive ends with several veteran players looking for playing time including Jak Everett, Justin Scott, Lenorris Robinson, Hunter Stanton and Tyler Cranston. “We should have a really good rotation there with plenty of guys in the mix,” McDonald said. The Vikings also expect big things in the secondary out of Dillion Wade and Luke Fugate. Both players came on strong for the Vikings last year. Jake Barberio and Vickery are the go-tos at safety. “Jake is a really cerebral football player out there for us,” McDonald said. “He does some really good things.” Derien Stepp is also back at cornerback.

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2019 Northgate Vikings

at a glance Head Coach: Mike McDonald (second season, 13th overall, 81-57) Vikings Staff: Kenny Morris, offensive coordinator/QBs; LaVarrett Pearson, defensive coordinator/corners; Doug Giacone, assistant head coach/ running backs; Justin Crews, wide receivers; Marcellous

Johnson, defensive line; Paul Pickett, safeties; Chris Rippy, offensive line; Blake Turner, tight ends; Roc Coleman, outside linebackers; Matt Cook, wingbacks; Laura Taylor, head trainer. Recent History: 6-5 (2018),6-4 (2017),9-3 (2016), 12-2 (2015) said. We feel very comfortable with either of those guys handling the kick game.”

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SPECIAL TEAMS: Kade Loggins and Dalton McGowan are back to handle the place-kicking duties. “Both of those guys are pretty darn talented,” McDonald

REGION OUTLOOK: McDonald looks for Region 5-6A to be wide open with Creekside and Douglas County possibly the front runners. The Vikings will get early tests against those two opponents. After two non-region games to open the season, the Vikings begin league play with games against the two region powerhouses.

NORTHGATE VIKINGS

SCHEDULE 2019 7:30 Aug. 30 Newnan 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 Starr’s Mill *7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 Douglas County *7:30 p.m. Sept 20 at Creekside *7:30 p.m. Sept 27 South Paulding *7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Alexander *7:30 p.m. Oct 11 at New Manchester 24

*7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Tri-Cities *7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 Langston Hughes 7:30 p.m. Nov 8. Mays * Region 5-6A games 2018 Results L Newnan 44-17 W Starr’s Mill 31-29 *L Douglas County 33-7

*W Creekside 35-33 *L South Paulding 35-30 *W Alexander 24-20 *W New Manchester 23-12 *W Tri-Cities 44-28 *W Langston Hughes 10-7 *L Mays 30-29 Playoffs L Dacula 28-0 *Region 5-6A games


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Trinity

Trinity Christian looks to second season in GHSA

BY BRITTANY SHIVERS brittany@newnan.com

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ast year, Trinity Christian tackled its first season in the GHSA, where its 8-4 record propelled the Lions to a state playoff berth in the single A private classification. Although the Lions lost in the second round of playoffs to the state champion, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, head coach Kenny Dallas said he was proud of Trinity’s efforts. “We had a great first year in GHSA,” Dallas said. “We had to play the state champion in the second round so that kind of put us out, but we played competitively against them.” Trinity’s region record last season was 4-3. The Lions suffered a hard-fought loss in their first region game, falling 13-12 to Mount Vernon Presbyterian. They followed up with a loss to Eagle’s Landing before walloping Strong Rock Christian 42-0 for their first region win. That kicked off a four-game winning streak, during which Trinity also defeated Landmark Christian, Holy Innocents Episcopal and Our Lady of Mercy to earn a postseason berth. Trinity felled Whitefield Academy 52-7 before a season-ending, 48-14 loss to eventual state champion Eagle’s Landing. The upcoming season will be Dallas’ third as head coach at Trinity. His coaching staff will include Trinity’s athletic director, Chris Hanson, as offensive coordinator and Adam Vinson as assistant head coach. The team will be young this year because many seniors graduated last year, leaving positions to be filled. Seven of those graduates have gone on to join college programs. Cameron Hellgeth will play at Wofford College as a linebacker. In his senior season at Trinity, he recorded 85 tackles. Zach Seymour will play at Cornell University as a running back. He rushed for 426 yards and five touchdowns as a senior captain and quarterback at Trinity. Jake Lyle is at Jacksonville State University, Bruin Hayes and Carson Walter are at Birmingham Southern University and Stephen Powell is at Bethel University. Trinity’s leading rusher was also a senior, Zach Jones, who logged 1,130 yards and 11 touchdowns for the team last year.

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Although Trinity football had a large graduating class last season, the team still has some solid leadership this year, including multi-talented senior Shamari Reed. “We have some pretty dynamic returning players,” Dallas said. “Shamari Reed has multiple D1 offers: Troy, Kennesaw State, Jacksonville State, Samford University, Eastern Kentucky. We’ll move him to receiver, move him to the backfield, maybe even quarterback. I expect him to have a huge year and be one of the top performers in the entire state.” Trinity will also have a lot of sophomores stepping up to play in the positions that were left vacant by graduating players. Sophomore David Dallas will play quarterback this year and is expected to bring some talent to the team running the offensive line. Reed will be playing on both sides of the line, but for offense he will be in the wide receiver position for the majority of the time. Sophomores Bryce Wilcox and Joshua Dallas are expected to contribute at receiver as well. Senior running back Ed Berry will be making a comeback after suffering ACL injuries in both knees last year. Senior Tanner Diget will anchor the offensive line at 6 feet 5 inches and 265 lbs. Jesse Cox also returns to the offensive line, along with Trey Lucas and Eric Wilkinson. Senior Bret Dowler will lock in the wide receiver position. While Trinity has some senior leadership on the offensive line, the Lions also will have some sophomores in the mix. “Offensively, I’m excited to see what our group looks like,” Dallas said. This is probably overall the youngest team I’ve ever coached, and I’ve been coaching 20 something years, but they’re a really talented group.” Sophomores who will see time on the offensive line include Carson Beach, Zion Marseille and Max Gosdin. Beach and Marseille will play some offense, but Dallas said they likely will be starters on the defensive line. Senior Eric Wilkinson also will play on the defensive line more than the offense.

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Trinity’s defense will be much younger than its offense. “I’m expecting us to probably start seven sophomores and a freshman,” Dallas said. Many players will take turns in the linebacker position for the team including Christian Hanson, Tyson Wall, Danny Baird, James Batchelor and Ryan Earl.

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2019 Trinity Lions

at a glance Head Coach: Kenny Dallas (third season, 14th overall, 107-48) Lions Staff: Chris Hanson (offensive coordinator), Adam Vinson (associate head coach, RBs), Drew Henderson (offensive line, run game coordinator), Ryan Duncan (quarterbacks), Lance Dun-

can (wide receivers), Andy Ponsiego (linebackers, JV head coach), Caleb Dallas (defensive line), John Hayes (defensive line), Blake Austin (defensive backs). Recent History: 8-4 (2018), 2017 (11-3), 3-8 (2016), 6-5 (2015).

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2018 Results (8-4) W Northeast 20-19 W Luella 16-0 W Tattnall Square 45-27 *L Mt. Vernon 13-12 *L Eagle’s Landing Christian 61-0 *W Strong Rock Christian 42-0 *W Landmark Christian 29-13 *W Holy Innocents 17-14 *W Our Lady of Mercy 37-0 *L Wesleyan 17-10 *Region 5-1A games Playoffs W Whitefield Academy 52-7 L Eagle’s Landing Christian 48-14

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Freshman Aaron Gates will play some in the defensive back position and freshman Ethan McDowell will play some as a defensive linemen. “We had a big senior class last year, so there’s a lot of holes to fill. I’m excited about our young guys,” Dallas said. “How they handle the physicality of the play will determine our wins and losses, but all I believe in focusing on the things we can control like preparation and how hard we play on every single snap. We’ll try to maximize exactly what we have.” Junior Maxwell Pope is expected to contribute in the kicker position, while Joshua Taylor will be doing some punting. “I expect good things out of Pope as far as field goals and kick offs,” Dallas said. “As far as our long snapping and our punt it’s a little up in the air, but I’m actually expecting Joshua Taylor to probably be our punter this year.” Trinity will be competing in the same region as last year, in the GHSA single A private classification. Dallas said he is looking to secure some region wins to get a good seed for the playoffs. The first region game will be against Mount Vernon Presbyterian. “Our mission is to win on the field, but we also want to win off the field. We challenge our young boys to be Godly men,” Dallas said.


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Heritage

Heritage hoping to continue playoff run written & photographed

BY DOUG GORMAN

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ince taking over for Derrick Clay as head coach at The Heritage School, Micah Alba has led the Hawks to the playoffs in his first two seasons. After going 7-4 in 2017, Alba’s team improved by two wins last year en route to a 9-3 season. The Hawks enter the 2019 season trying to duplicate their high-octane offense. A year ago, Heritage outscored its opponents 353-214. The Hawks scored 30 points or more in at least seven of their victories on the way to the playoffs. They also held opponents to 14 points or less in seven of their contests.

Last year’s success included a 34-16 victory over Southland in the second round of the GISA playoffs. The Hawks earned a first-round bye after winning the Region 1-AAA title. Heritage’s season ended when it lost in the second round to eventual state champion Frederica Academy. The Hawks enter the season after being hit hard by graduation, including the loss of seven All-Region selections to graduation. Gone from last year’s team are quarterback and kicker Henry

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Arnall, wide receiver and linebacker Peter Nell, lineman Ben Carnazzo, running back and linebacker Wright Arnall, wide receiver and defensive back Patrick Griffies, and linemen Hayes Johnston and Thomas Crymes. That doesn’t mean the cupboard is totally bare at Heritage. Heritage brings back a talented group, and many of them are capable of playing on both sides of the ball, and at several different positions. Playmaker Brandon Scruggs, who earned All-Region and state honors last year at both wide receiver and running back, will be one of the players the Hawks want to handle the football. Back to anchor both sides of the line after an All-Region year is Vinny Carnazzo. All-State linebacker Hershall Smith is also back for his senior year. One of the biggest battles could be who takes over at quarterback. Senior Branch Burns and sophomore/East Coweta transfer Tyler Foley are in the mix to line up under center. “Both those guys should see playing time and we have some younger guys coming through the system,” Alba said. Running back Andrew Rich is back for his junior season to tote the football out of the backfield. Scruggs can play multiple positions on offense and will also see time carrying the football out of the backfield. Jon Jon Williams will also get some looks out of the backfield. When not playing quarterback, Burns can also contribute at running back. “We have a lot of guys we can get the ball to this year,” Alba said. Scruggs, Williams and Burns also have the capability to catch the football from their wide receiver spots. Jay Chapman has also had a good offseason and will see time at wide receiver. Alba brings back a mix of both veterans and newcomers to the offensive and defensive lines, and most will be expected to play on both sides of the line of scrimmage. It starts up front with Carnazzo, while Wyatt Anderson and Jack Hall are also back and will play up front. The Hawks’ coaching staff also has high expectations for Keriman Skelly, Alex Hardnet and Cabe Corbitt. “We have a good mix of guys up front,” Alba said. The Hawks’ linebackers are going to be led by Smith and Jacob Rochester. David White is also expected to see plenty of playing time. Grant Evans will line up at outside linebacker for the Hawks. Camden Trammell returns to play in the secondary for Heritage, while Scruggs, Burns, Williams and Rich also will lend support. The Hawks get an early-season test in what amounts to an exhibition game in the Kickoff Classic in Montgomery, Ala. Heritage will play Heritage Academy from Mississippi to open the event on Aug. 16 at 4:30 p.m. “This should be a lot of fun,” Alba said. “It showcases teams from several states.” Heritage has two home games to open the regular portion of the season as it plays Flint River on Aug. 30 and Creekside Christian on Sept. 6. The Hawks hit the road for two games in South Georgia the next two weeks as they travel to Albany for a game against Deerfield-Windsor on Sept. 13 and then to Valdosta for a game against Valwood on Sept. 20. “It’s going to be a challenging schedule this year,” Alba said. “We have some long road trips. 30

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2019 Heritage Hawks

at a glance Head Coach: Micah Alba (third year, 16-7) Hawks Staff: Kevon Fly, defensive coordinator/line; Ryan Danbury, wide receivers/defensive backs; Murray Parks, offensive/defensive line; Kelvin Godrey, linebackers/running backs. Recent History: 9-3 (2018), 7-4 (2017), 10-1 (2016), 6-5 (2015)

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SCHEDULE 2019 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at Heritage Academy (Kickoff Classic, Montgomery, Ala.) 7:30 p.m.Aug. 30 Flint River 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Deerfield-Windsor 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 Valwood 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 Brookwood 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Tiftarea 7:30 p.m. Oct 25 at Terrell Academy 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Notre Dame Academy 7:30 p.m. Nov 8 Loganville Christian

2018 Heritage Hawks (9-3) W Terrell Academy 36-10 W Flint River 41-3 W Creekside Academy 55-12 W Deerfield-Windsor 21-8 L Valwood 28-24 W Southland Academy 15-14 W Brookwood Academy 21-20 L Tiftarea 47-7 W Notre Dame Academy 41-3 W Loganville Christian 51-0 W Southland Academy 34-16 L Frederica Academy 53-7


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hen the Central Christian Crusaders open the 2019 season, there will be some noticeable changes within the program. Evan Cooper has taken over as head coach, but long-time coach Joey Farlow won’t be too far away. Farlow will now wear the director of football operations hat, helping both the high school and middle school programs. Cooper brings an impressive football resume to the program, including playing for the legendary Bo Schembechler at the University of Michigan in the early 1980s. Lloyd Carr, who took over for Schembechler, was Cooper’s position coach with the Wolverines. Cooper also had an eight-year stint in the NFL after getting drafted in the fourth round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1984. Cooper was a defensive back and a kick returner and played for the Eagles from 1984-87. He ended his pro career by spending two years with the Atlanta Falcons. He got into high school coaching primarily in the Miami area in 1991. Cooper moved back to Georgia when his son was in high school so he could play at powerhouse Buford High School. He became familiar with Central Christian when his daughter joined the Lady Crusaders’ championship basketball team. Central enters its second year of playing 11-man football after dominating several different 8-man leagues over the past decade. Cooper inherits a young squad. Aiden Hill and Aaron Fuller were the only seniors on the team as it began training camp in late July. Cooper says his coaching blueprint comes from what he learned under Schembechler. “It wasn’t so much about football,” he said. “It was especially about how to be a man. A good husband and father.” Central will now be part of the Georgia Association of Private and Parochial Schools. It’s not really a change for the Crusaders. The GAPPS has merged with the GICAA for the upcoming year.

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7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Unity Christian 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 Flint River 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Piedmont Academy

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W Covenant Christian 34-12 L Fullington Academy 24-16 L Griffin Christian 14-6 L Skipstone 28-0 L Lafayette 42-26 W Georgia Christian 42-0 L Creekside Christian 35-8 L Cherokee Christian 9-0 L Holy Ground 34-23


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Editor’s Note: This list is based on rosters provided by college official websites at the preview’s deadline. The Newnan Times-Herald will run college updates throughout the football season. Central Christian: Jared Farlow, Mississippi East Coweta: Dantarius Chunn West Georgia Alex Derico, Jacksonville Dawson Ellis, Mercer Evan Fields, Memphis Jeremiah Gemmell North Carolina Reggie Jones Western Carolina Landon Mathis West Georgia Taylor McCawley, Georgia Tech R.J. Pettaway, Kennesaw State Christan Reid Charleston Southern Heritage: Henry Arnall, University of the South Ryan Blackstone, Chattanooga Peter Nell, Carnegie Mellon Newnan: Trae Bridges, Shorter Tristen Escoe, Shorter PeJe Harris, Georgia Tech Delvontae Harris, East Carolina Montavier Parks, Shorter Jalen Smith, Point Rylan Williams, Berry Northgate: Chris Age, Western Illinois Jahee Anderson, Georgia Southern Bryan Bordeaux, Shorter Kevin Feldbauer, Newberry Ryan Quinn, Berry Cameron Ramsey, West Georgia James Skalski, Clemson Trinity: Colin Clayton, Berry Bruin Hayes, Birmingham Southern Cameron Hellgeth, Wofford Jake Lyle, Jacksonville State Steven Powell, Bethel Alex Seymour, Carnegie Mellon Zach Seymour, Cornell Carson Walter, Birmingham Southern

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fter weeks of preseason conditioning – including plenty of time in the weight room and even some trips to some 7-on-7 competitions – high school football teams are about to get down to the business of hitting the field for real as the 2019 season kicks off for most teams on Aug. 24. In the first half of the season, every squad starts the

year with a blank slate and the same goal: continue playing into the postseason. Last season was a year of firsts. East Coweta, Newnan, Northgate and Trinity played their first seasons on artificial turf at their home stadiums. It was also the first year Trinity played in the GHSA and Central Christian moved from 8-man football to 11man football. In the end, East Coweta, Newnan, Trinity and Heritage all made it to the playoffs.

Here is a look at football by the numbers in Coweta County:

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Number of schools with a new head coach. For the first time in a couple of seasons, most head coaches in Coweta County will be returning to the sidelines as East Coweta, Newnan, Northgate, Trinity and Heritage all bring back veteran coaches. Only Central Christian has a new top man, as Evan Cooper takes over. Long-time coach Joey Farlow will stay on as director of football operations. Cooper played college football at the University of Michigan for head coach Bo Schembechler. Like a true Michigan Wolverine, he hates Ohio State. Cooper also has NFL experience after playing for both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons.

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Number of teams with at least one playoff victory. Three is the number of teams from Coweta County getting at least one playoff victory in the playoffs in the 2018 season. East Coweta, Trinity and Heritage picked up wins in the postseason.

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Number of players who attended NFL camps this summer. Four players from Coweta County attended NFL camps this summer. They included Will Lutz-New Orleans, Alec Ogletree- New York Giants, Brandon Facyson- Los Angeles Chargers and Tray Matthew- Green Bay Packers.


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Number of teams from Coweta County. There are six schools from Coweta County with fielding teams heading into the 2019 season. They include East Coweta, Newnan, Northgate, Trinity, Heritage and Central Christian.

Most wins by a team in Coweta County last season. The most wins by a team in Coweta County last season was nine. The Heritage Hawks finished with a county best 9-3 record, including a win against Southland to open the GISA playoffs.

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The number of regularseason games.

Most high school team’s schedules have ten regular-season games. That includes not only Coweta County teams, but teams throughout Georgia.

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Number of games played to reach finals.

Most teams in the GHSA have to play 15 games in order to reach the state finals.

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our players with ties to Coweta County headed to training camp with NFL teams this preseason. Former Northgate standout Will Lutz has turned into one of the most consistent placekickers in the NFL, earning a paycheck for the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have locked up Lutz for years to come after signing him to a five-year contract back in March. His journey to the NFL started when Lutz was signed by Baltimore after he helped start the football program at Georgia State under long-time head coach Bill Curry. The Ravens cut the rookie in training camp, but he was quickly signed by the Saints in time for the 2016 season. Lutz has been an important part of the lineup ever since signing that first NFL contract. During his career, the former Northgate Viking has made 87 of 100 field goals and 148 of 153 extra points. Lutz earned a contract extension by helping the Saints advance to the NFC championship game last season, after the team finished the regular season with a 13-3 record and won the NFL South title. Former Northgate football player Brandon Facyson and Newnan graduate Tray Matthews are entering their second seasons in the NFL after stellar college careers. Facyson was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia Tech by the Los Angeles Chargers, while Matthews was signed as an undrafted free agent by Minnesota after playing college football at Auburn. Matthews bounced around after being cut by Minnesota. He signed onto the Green Bay practice squad in December. He heads back to Green Bay, where he will attempt to make the Packers’ active roster. The former Auburn Tiger said he was looking forward to football camp and earning a spot on the team’s 53 man roster. Facyson is getting ready for his second season with the Chargers. In limited playing time during his rookie season, Facyson had two tackles.

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Both Facyson and Matthews impressed scouts during their college careers. While at Virginia Tech, Facyson overcame some injuries – including a broken leg – to shine as one of the team’s top cornerbacks. Facyson finished his career with 131 tackles, including 91 solos. He also had five interceptions, all during his freshman season. Matthews divided his college career between two SEC schools, starting at the University of Georgia before transferring to Auburn for his last three seasons. Matthews ended his career with 180 tackles, including 104 solos. He also had five interceptions, one at Georgia and four at Auburn. Lutz and the New Orlean Saints veterans will reported to training camp on July 25th at the team’s training facility in Metairie, La. Matthews began training camp on July 24 at the team’s preseason camp at St. Norbert’s College in De Pere, Wis. Facyson and the Chargers began training camp at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, Calif. on July 24.

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