Homecoming festivities always seem to heighten the sense of school pride every year for local football teams. This week’s Douglas County High School Homecoming Game is no exception and the DCHS community has decided to up the ante by also welcoming back members of the 1964 State Championship team.
The 64’ Tigers are the only football team in the county to claim the most coveted high school title after posting a 13-0-1 record. At the game tonight, many former players, cheerleaders, and coaches will be invited back for a trip down memory lane. The 1964 state trophy will be on hand for viewing and the team will be introduced before the start of the game, at 7:10 p.m.
Every member of the team, and their wives, will be able to attend the game for free. Other family members can get in at a discounted price of $3. Parking for players, coaches and cheerleaders will be at the golf course, behind the scoreboard.
As for the game, Douglas County will look to pick up their third region win, and third win in four games, when they welcome Westlake to DCHS.
“Westlake is a well coached team that plays hard and we are going to have to prepare and play well,” said Douglas County coach Jason Respert.
The Lions of Westlake have a well balanced running and passing attack, and currently sit tied for first in Region 3-AAAAAA with a 3-0 record. They are 4-1 overall. Westlake has the region’s best defense, allowing an average of only six points per game. They are also second in offense at 35 points per game.
Westlake opened the 2014 season with a 47-0, shutout victory over Banneker. Their only loss came to Shiloh in week two, 14-7. After a weather related cancellation of their game at Newton, the Lions have rolled off three straight wins, beating Pebblebrook (42-3), East Coweta (35-0) and Newnan (46-13).
As a team, Westlake has rushed the ball 200 times for 1,054 yards, an average of 5.3 yards per carry. Offensively, the team has completed 70-of-124 passes for 795 yards.
Defensively, Newnan is great at stopping teams in the backfield. As a unit, Westlake has 46 tackles for a loss and 14 sacks. They also have four interceptions and seven fumble recoveries.
Douglas County is coming off a 40-30 victory over South Cobb. The Tigers managed to slow down one of the top offensive players in all of Cobb County, quarterback Kylil Carter. Heading into the game, Carter led all Cobb players with 1,484 yards passing and was third with 914 rushing yards.
The Tigers were able to out-play Carter thanks to DC quarterback, Malik Oliver. Playing his second outstanding game in a row, Oliver completed 17-of-31 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed the ball 20 times for 163 yards and one score.
“He has played well and it is in direct correlation to the offensive line coming around,” Respert said. “They have made a lot of progress over six weeks.”
Oliver will need another strong game this Friday as the Tigers host the Lions. Last year, Westlake defeated DC, 25-15. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.