By Doug Gorman
The East Coweta Indians didn't exactly shut down the ground attack of Mundy's Mill running back Erroll Wynn, but they came out on top where it counted, beating the Tigers 10-3 in the Region 4-AAAA opener for both squads Friday night at Twelve Oaks Stadium.
Wynn accounted for 132 of the Tigers' 181 yards of total offense, but for the first time this season, Mundy's Mill failed to score a touchdown.
The Tigers' only points of the game came late in the third quarter when Carmelo Marcelin booted a 36-yard field goal to cut the Indians' lead to 7-3 with 3:38 left to play.
Defensively, the Tigers did their part in the region opener. Free safety Richardo Mahone intercepted East Coweta quarterback Brandon Behenna twice, and nearly picked off a third pass late in the second half, as the Indians were held to just 128 yards of total offense. But it wasn't enough to hand Mundy's Mill's its second straight loss following what had been an encouraging 3-0 start.
The Tigers were whistled for six penalties for 40 yards, but two of them proved to be costly. They included one in the second half that took a touchdown off the board when Mundy's Mill quarterback Miguel Starks' 49-yard pass to Justice Ammach was called back. The drive ended up with a punt back to East Coweta with 9:14 remaining in the game and the Indians proceeded to chew up the clock.
A penalty also took away Wynn's 55-yard run in the first half after he had ran the ball down inside the Indians' 10. Again, the Tigers came away without points.
East Coweta put the first points of the game on the scoreboard with 3:50 remaining in the second quarter when Behenna, the son of former Major League pitcher, Rick Behenna, tossed a 14-yard pass to Nico Fowler. Antonio Gates added the extra point to give the Indians a 7-0 lead at the break.
Mundy's Mill scored its only points of the game after keeping the ball nearly eight minutes on the opening drive of the third quarter. Taking over at the East Coweta 31, the Tigers kept the ball in the hands of Wynn for all but one of the plays.
Back-to-back carries by the senior running back, however, went for losses on the series, forcing the team to settle for Marcelin's field goal.
The two teams exchanged punts on the next set of series, until the 3:48 remaining in the contest when Ryan Gates kicked a 22 yard field goal.
Mundy's Mill returns to action next week at Newnan, while East Coweta plays at Starr's Mill.