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Wells calls shots for Henry offense

Anthony Rhoads, Jeff Armstrong and Doug Gorman

Familiar face on the sidelines: Henry County offensive coordinator Todd Wells played for Forest Park in the mid-1990s and went on to East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.

He played at Forest Park from 1993-95 and compiled 5,111 passing yards in his career and 2,553 yards his senior year. Both are still Clayton County records.

He also threw 46 career touchdown passes and led the Panthers to two region championships.

In 1993, he was a teammate of future University of Georgia standout and current Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward.

Defensive force: Union Grove defensive end Troy Wood racked up several tackles in Friday's 15-14 win over Henry County. He recorded two quarterback sacks for total losses of 10 yards.

He can play football too: It's no secret Henry County's Greg Lindsey can play baseball and basketball. The junior has been a mainstay for the Warhawks' baseball and basketball teams since his freshman year.

Lindsey made his football debut Friday as he caught five passes for 61 yards. He made his first catch for 26 yards on Henry County's first possession. Later in the first half, he caught a pass and was nearly tackled for a loss but he turned around and ran toward the Union Grove sideline. He then turned up-field and gained 12 yards on the play.

Don't call it a comeback: Mt. Zion senior tight end/linebacker Chris Coggins hasn't played football since his freshman year, concentrating mainly on becoming an all-around baseball player.

Against Lovejoy last Friday, Coggins was all over the field. He merely had close to 10 tackles, a quarterback hurry and he nearly had a sack of Wildcats' quarterback Kisan Flakes. It wasn't a bad night for his first game in three years.

"I did well, but I could've done better," said Coggins. "I try to practice hard and I hit the weight room all summer long to be ready for football."

Coggins now bench presses 315 pounds and squats 425 pounds, the best he's ever done in the gym.

Forget the past: Lovejoy's win over Mt. Zion tied the series between the teams at 6-6. Mt. Zion defeated Lovejoy 20-18 in 2002, but Lovejoy quarterback Kisan Flakes wasn't thinking about revenge last Friday.

"Last year is in the past n our team wasn't dwelling on the loss to Mt. Zion," said Flakes, who threw a TD pass and two interceptions Friday. "Around here, we take everything game by game. We just need to go out and do what we need to do to win football games."

Defense wins: Jonesboro's Daniel Cazenavae picked off a pass in Friday's game against Morrow and Darrell Robertson had a sack, a blocked punt and a fumble recover to help the Cardinals win.

Back-to-back first downs: Morrow didn't move the first down sticks to often in Friday night's game against Jonesboro, but runs of 8 yards by Marhna Ferrell and 10 yards by Claude Williams moved the sticks on the chains twice in a row. It was the only time it happened for Morrow in its season opener.

Commanding lead: Despite losing to the Cardinals Friday night, it will Morrow isn't in danger of losing its series lead to the Cardinals. Morrow still leads the series 20-9.