For a half, the Newnan Cougars hung with Sandy Creek. Coming out the locker rooms, the Patriots were all business, blowing the Cougars out of the water in a 34-0 rout.
While the offense was sharp, it was the defense that really led the way again.
“They played great, they really did. We’re extremely proud of them,” praised Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker. “The defensive effort has been great all year. We’ve given up just two touchdowns.”
The Patriot defensive line led by DJ Forte, Nathan Brown, Colby Warrior, and Jay Johnson was simply unblockable all game. The quartet spent nearly as much time in the Newnan backfield as Newnan’s own quarterback.
Sandy Creek’s offense wasted zero time making their mark. On their first snap, Bryant Walker executed the playaction fake and lofted a deep ball to Korey Banks for 33 yards. Banks finished the drive off on a 13-yard reverse, Cole Neely sealing off the backside with a crushing block, to take a 6-0 lead.
The Patriots found the end zone once more in the first quarter. Set up in excellent field position by a Tariq Muhammad blocked punt, Marvin Hubbard used his sprinter’s speed to burst through the middle of the line and race untouched for a 23-yard touchdown.
The 13-0 lead would hold throughout the second quarter, but the Patriots had plenty of ammo for the second half. Javon Jackson returned the opening kickoff past the 50, setting up a short field. Jaelen Greene capped off the possession with a five-yard touchdown.
Jackson got the ball right back for his offense with incredible leaping interception high above the Newnan receiver. The drive nearly died, but Walker found Banks for 15 yards on a slant on fourth and 10. Greene did the rest with runs of 13 and seven to make it a 27-0 lead.
Newnan thought they were about to get back in the game with a perfectly-placed pass on a would-be 52-yard touchdown, but the wide open receiver dropped it. Sandy Creek made them pay for the lost opportunity, Mychael Jenkins intercepting a pass and returning it back to the Newnan 37.
Stepping in as a change-of-pace quarterback, Jackson kept the ball on a read-option play for a 15-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.
The Patriot defense squashed the Cougars’ last good drive early in the fourth with Forte, Warrior, and Devyn Sullivan teaming up for a sack on third and short.
Bryant Walker completed three of six passes for 94 yards, a whopping 31 yards per completion. Korey Banks was on the receiving end of all three passes and also added a 13-yard scoring run.
The running game piled up 172 yards, averaging nearly five yards per carry. Marvin Hubbard led the way with 73 yards and a score on 10 carries. Jaelen Greene added 61 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
After missing his first attempt, Benjamin Rutland hit his next four extra points.
The 3-1 Patriots have this week off before traveling to play Auburn High School in Alabama.
“We’re excited about where we’re at,” Walker said. “We’ve just got to heal up this week and get ready to play a really good Auburn team.”
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