East Coweta, Heritage School continue to shine in local prep football

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From Staff Reports

Five weeks are in the books for this 2022 high school football season and East Coweta and Heritage School appear to be the county’s best entering Week No. 6.

East  Coweta dropped its opener but has reeled off four straight victories and stands 4-1 on the season. The Indians have knocked off a pair of perennial powers the past two weeks, 4A’s Sandy Creek, 23-20, on Sept. 9 and 7A power Lowndes, 49-34, last week.  In the win over Lowndes, Indians senior receiver Brady Tillman put on a show accounting for six touchdowns. Tillman caught eight passes for 216 yards and five TDs, then threw for one score. East Coweta hosts Lambert this Friday with kickoff at 8 p.m.

The Heritage School Hawks find themselves at 4-0 with lopsided wins over St. Mary’s (72-0), Creekside Christian (54-0), Kendrick (44-6) and Cross Keys (51-0). Defensively, last week’s standout was freshman linebacker Brysen Davies with three tackles-for-losses in the win over Cross Keys. Coach Jake Copeland’s squad has made a quick turnaround after finishing winless a year ago. The Hawks switched from GHSA to the GIAA  – Georgia Independent Athletic Association (formerly GISA) last winter. The Hawks travel to Columbus to face Calvary Christian on Friday.

Defending state champion Trinity Christian started 0-2, but has rebounded with a pair of wins. The Lions got their first-ever GHSA 4-A victory with a 31-20 triumph at Mary Persons in Forsyth on Sept. 2. Trinity Christian made it two in-a-row last week with a 20-15 win over visiting Riverdale. The Lions, 2-2, hit the road on Friday to meet North Clayton.

Newnan sports a 1-3 record so far with its latest outing, a tough 32-25 loss at home to Paulding County. The Cougars look to get back on the winning track Friday at South Paulding.

Northgate has been very competitive in all five of its games to date but has a 1-4 record to show for it. The Vikings lost at Central Carroll last week, 27-17, and return for Homecoming this Friday hosting Veterans.

Central Christian, back in GAPPS 8-man football, is 1-3 on the year. The Crusaders opened the season with a 41-0 win over New Creation, but since then has dropped consecutive games to Victory Baptist, Fideles Christian and Lafayette Christian. Central Christian hosts John Ferry Christian of Marietta on Friday.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS – Sept. 16

Lafayette Christian 62, Central Christian 26
East Coweta 49, Lowndes 34
Heritage School, 51, Cross Keys 0
Paulding County 32, Newnan 25
Central Carroll 27, Northgate 17
Trinity Christian 20, Riverdale 15

THIS WEEK’S GAMES – Sept. 23

Johnson Ferry Christian at Central Christian (1-3), 7:30 p.m.
Lambert at East Coweta (4-1), 8 p.m.
Heritage School (4-0) at Calvary Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Newnan (1-3) at South Paulding, 7:30 p.m.
Veterans at Northgate (1-4), Homecoming, 7:30 p.m.
Trinity Christian (2-2) at North Clayton, 7:30 p.m.

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