NEWNAN – For the second year in a row, the West Forsyth Wolverines defeated the Newnan Cougars.
This time, it came at Newnan’s Drake Stadium and spoiled the Cougars’ homecoming celebration as the Wolverines rolled to a 20-10 victory.
With the win, West Forsyth improved to 4-1, while Newnan dropped to 1-4.
Friday night’s contest was delayed 30 minutes after lightning moved over the stadium right before the game was scheduled to kickoff.
The two teams began the game throwing interceptions on their opening drives.
On its second series of the game, however, West began the drive at its own 10-yard line and marched into Newnan territory.
After Newnan stopped the series at the 34-yard line, Bryce Jones booted a school-record 51-yard field goal.
Later in the first half, Jones missed on a 54-yard field goal, but West increased the lead to 10-0 with 1:48 left in the second quarter when it marched 55 yards in 10 plays.
The Wolverines converted two plays on third down during the drive thanks to a couple of long runs by Saxby Waxer. Cade Vela then capped the drive with a 5-yard run to give the Wolverines a 10-0 lead.
West let Newnan back in the game when Cougars’ place kicker Kellen Lynch booted a 39-yard field goal on the last play of the first half to cut the lead to 10-3.
The Wolverines gave the Cougars a chance at the field goal after Newnan quarterback Bryant Walker was thrown to the turf and a roughing the passer was called against West.
The penalty kept the drive alive and set up the field goal chance right before the half.
Newnan’s P.J. Harris, who has committed to Georgia Tech, helped tie the game at 10-10 with 6:34 left in the third quarter when he hauled in quarterback Bryant Walker’s 78-yard touchdown pass.
West returned the ensuring kicking off to Newnan’s 42-yard line and took just plays seven plays to take a 17-10 lead.
Vela converted a third-down during the drive, and three plays later, facing third-down-and-goal from the one, quarterback Zach Burns scored the touchdown.
West put the game out of reach late in the fourth quarter when Jones converted a 21-yard field goal with 2:32 left in the game.
The Wolverines kept the ball nearly four minutes, marching the ball from their own 18 to the Cougars four, before settling for Jones’ second field goal of the night.