The Langston Hughes Panthers won their third straight contest defeating previously undefeated East Coweta 29-21 Friday night.
Langston Hughes broke open a 7-7 halftime game in the second half by scoring 22 unanswered points on their first three possessions of the half.
Isaiah Green capped an 80-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run on the Panthers opening second half possession. Green then hit Rashad Burch for a 24-yard touchdown pass to cap a 53-yard drive followed by a 31-yard touchdown run by Demetrius Whitmore early in the fourth quarter to put the Panthers up 29-7.
Whitmore finished with two rushing touchdowns.
East Coweta would attempt to rally behind sophomore backup quarterback Christian Reid. Reid entered the game midway through the fourth quarter when starting quarterback Will LaGuardia was sacked by Jac’quez Walker and suffered a head injury, LaGuardia would not return. Langston Hughes was assessed a personal foul on the play and two plays later after another personal foul on Hughes, Reid raced untouched 28 yards for a touchdown to pull East Coweta closer at 29-14.
The Indians would force Langston Hughes into a three-and-out with 6:16 remaining but were unable to move the ball punting it back to Langston Hughes with just over fives minutes remaining. East Coweta would not close up shop however as they forced the Panthers to punt again and this time capped their drive with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Reid to Justin Crump for the final 29-21 margin.
Whitmore scored on a 2-yard touchdown run after a Jeffery Allison interception set up Langston Hughes with a first-and-goal from the East Coweta seven. Whitmore scored two plays later with less than two minutes gone by in the opening quarter. East Coweta evened the game on a 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback Will LaGuardia with less than four minutes remaining in the second quarter. Each team failed on field goals attempts, Langston Hughes due to a bad snap while East Coweta’s attempt fell just short of the crossbar as time expired in the first half.
Langston Hughes (3-3; 3-0) took sole possession of first place in region 3-6A and are the only undefeated team in region play after Westlake defeated Newnan 41-21. Hughes will host South Cobb on October16th before traveling to Westlake on October 23rd. East Coweta (5-1; 2-1) will host Pebblebrook on October 16th.