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Wildcats win Region 4-AAAAA

From staff reports

The Lovejoy Wildcats won their second straight Region 4-AAAAA championship Friday night with a 12-7 victory over Mundy's Mill and a 15-7 East Coweta loss to Newnan.

"Obviously, getting the No. 1 seed is what you want to do and getting the region championship back-to-back is hard to do," Lovejoy head coach Al Hughes said. "It's a big accomplishment."

Hughes credited the assistant coaching staff with helping keep the team focused after they lost their first two games of the season.

"We started this thing 0-2 and everyone thought it was over for us," Hughes said. "I couldn't be more prouder to be associated with this group of men."

Quarterback Mario Fannin came up big for Lovejoy by scoring both of his team's touchdowns in the first half. A 12-yard run with 4:22 remaining in the first quarter opened a 6-0 lead.

Lovejoy doubled it to 12-0 in the second quarter when Fannin scored on a 36-yard run.

Mundy's Mill managed to score a touchdown late in the second quarter to bring the score to 12-7.

"Coach (Chad) Estes does a great job," Hughes said. "They've been competitive in just about every game all year. We knew they were going to be ready to play tonight."

Fannin led Lovejoy in with nine carries for 84 yards while Octavius Edge added 19 carries for 77 yards.

Fannin completed 6 of 14 passes for 54 yards. Darius Thomas led the Wildcats in receiving with three catches for 32 yards.

Anthony Stanley and Keith Fitzhugh got one interception each.