Westlake Defense Secures Key Region Win

Entering the contest the Westlake Lions defense had not yeiled more than 14 points in a game to an opponent while averaging only 5.5 point per game against. That total rose slightly to 5.57 as they held rival Langston Hughes to six in a 14-6 victory- thanks to the defense.

With less than a minute remaining, down by one Langston Hughes was on the move behind sophomore quarterback Isaiah Green. After a completion to Montravious Atkinson for 14 yards for a first down, Green scanned the field and fired down the middle complete to…Nigel Warrior of Westlake. Warrior returned the interception 65 yards for a touchdown to seal Westlake’s 14-6 win over Langston Hughes. Warrior record two interceptions on the day.

Westlake struck first on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Dakota Rocker to Marquez Louder with 1:21 left in the first quarter. 7-0 Westlake, that score held until halftime.

On their second possession of the third quarter, Langston Hughes marched 53-yards in 5 plays to pull within 7-6 on a 41-yard touchdown toss from Green to Kenyan Houston with 6:53 remaining in the quarter, the extra point sailed wide left and was no good.

In between the scores, Westlake and Langston Hughes defenses fought to keep the other squads offense off the board, each did.

In the end it was the No.1 defense in Georgia 6A by points-per-game average sealing the deal with Nigel Warrior’s pick six. Warrior-the son of former NFL star Dale Carter, is a highly touted recruit with multiple offers from Power 5 conference schools.

Westlake (6-1; 5-0) is in control of Region 3-6A and will win the region barring things that cannot be made up. Langston Hughes falls to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the region and should be the No.2 seed out of that region. The Lions will host South Cobb (4-4;3-2) Saturday at 2pm at Westlake High School.

Westlake earned the most wins in a season under second year head coach Bryan Love. In 2013 Westlake went 5-5 in the regular season, finishing 5-6 after a first round exit on the road to Camden County.

Langston Hughes will travel to Pebblebrook (2-6; 0-5) Friday night.

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North Marion Wins In Triple Overtime

The North Marion Colts clinched their 15th consecutive playoff berth in thrilling fashion Thursday night at Stan Toole Memorial Stadium.

After a scoreless fourth quarter, Sante Fe and North Marion would go to overtime tied 15-15.

Freddie Swain caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Selier to give the Colts a 22-15 lead. Santa Fe answered back with a touchdown run by defensive stand out Caysuan Wakeley to force a second OT with the score 22-all.

Wakeley scored again on the Raiders possesion in the second overtime, the extra point sailed wide right for a 28-22 Santa Fe lead. Seiler hit Cameron Mackey on nearly the identical play he hit Swain on early to even the score 28-all. Santa Fe blocked the extra point to force a third overtime.

North Marion scored again on a Jake Reed 4-yard touchdown run and the extra point was good for a 35-28 Colts lead. On Santa Fe’s possession, two runs were stopped along with an incomplete pass on third down.North Marion called timeout prior to the fourth down. Instead of talking strategy head coach Stephen Field chest-bumped, hi-fived and smacked his players with emotional support and hype then sent them back on the field for the fourth down. Santa Fe’s pass fell incomplete sealing the victory for North Marion (6-2; 4-1). Santa Fe (5-3;2-3) rushed for over 250 yards.

North Marion wrapped up the home portion of their regular season with a 4-1 mark at the soon-to-be renovated Stan Toole Memorial stadium.

James Allen finished with 170 yards and two touchdowns while Seiler passed for over 225 yard and two touchdowns.

North Marion will close the regular season on the road against Belleview and West Port before opening on the road in the playoffs against Class 5A No.1 South Sumter.

Central Penn Wins Second GDFL Championship In Two Years

The Central Penn Piranha won its second GDFL National Championship in three years. The Piranha from the state of Pennsylvania defeated the Oklahoma City Bounty Hunters 21-19 in Gridiron Bowl V in the Memphis suburb of Cordova, TN this past weekend.

There was no scoring in the second half. Oklahoma led 21-19 at he break and won by that same score.

The Piranha became the first-ever two time champion in GDFL history. The GDFL has remained on the scene with quality football in a vast number of markets. The league will be entering its 6th season in 2015.