Douglas County will try to rebound from a lopsided Homecoming loss to Westlake last Friday as they travel to East Coweta today for a game with the Indians. With only three Region 3-AAAAAA games remaining in the season, the game a win is crucial this week for the Tigers.
DC currently sits in a tie for third in the region with South Cobb and East Coweta. The Tigers own tie-breaker rights over South Cobb with a win two weeks ago. East Coweta is currently 5-2 overall, while Douglas County sits at 3-4.
The Tigers will enter tonights game after a tough loss last week when Westlake came to town and dominated DC in all areas of the game. Douglas County scored the first points in the Homecoming game off a field goal midway through the opening quarter, but Westlake would score 34 unanswered points in the win.
“You have to take your hats off to Westlake. They overwhelmed us up front and controlled the line of scrimmage,” said Tigers’ coach Jason Respert after the game. “They were able to take shots down the field that we did not defend well. We were not able to protect the quarterback or run the football and you have to give them credit. They outplayed us and the best team won tonight.”
Westlake was able to slow down quarterback Malik Oliver. The dual-threat QB had a remarkable two game run in which he threw for 408 yards and rushed for 158 yards combined against Newnan and South Cobb. Westlake was able to keep Oliver pinned in the pocket, and guarded standout receivers D’Ondre Glenn and Donovan Richardson well. Both receivers average well over 10-yards a catch this season.
DC currently sits seventh out of eight teams in offensive product with an average of 23 points per game. In three out of four losses this year, the Tigers have been held to 12 points or less. The lone exception being 20 points against New Manchester in the season opener. In the three wins, DC is averaging 35 points or more, including 40 against South Cobb and 46 against Newnan.
Defensively, the Tigers have allowed fewer than 24 points in only one game, a 35-9 victory over Kennesaw Mountain. Their average of 27 points allowed ranks them sixth in the region.
East Coweta is currently ranked in a tie for third with 25 points per game offensively, and third defensively, with 17 points allowed. The Indians are coming off a 41-7 victory over Pebblebrook. The win stopped a two game losing streak after East Coweta began the season 4-0. The two losses were against the two current undefeated region teams, Westlake (35-0) and Langston Hughes (28-10).
The Indians recorded just under 300 yards of offensive against Pebblebrook, led by sophomore fullback Carlos Ford. Ford scored four times in the first half. The offensive is led by sophomore quarterback Will LaGuardia.
Defensively, the team did a great job picking off the Falcons quarterback, with three interceptions, one each by MaKenzie Martin, Malcolm King and Matthew Shelnutt.
Last year, DC defeated East Coweta, 21-7. Game time tonight at ECHS is set for 7:30 p.m.