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Lovejoy visits East Coweta on Friday
by Maurice Dixon
mdixon@neighbornewspapers.com
September 18, 2012 01:05 PM | 1605 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Emily Barnes<br>Lovejoy senior Arshad Jackson and the Wildcats defeated Alpharetta 43-24 last Friday.
Staff / Emily Barnes
Lovejoy senior Arshad Jackson and the Wildcats defeated Alpharetta 43-24 last Friday.
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According to Lovejoy football coach Al Hughes, the Wildcats will be entering another hostile environment this Friday when they meet East Coweta at Garland Shoemake Memorial Stadium in Sharpsburg.

“We’re going to have to be ready to play because the whole town of Sharpsburg will be closed up and everybody will be at the game,” he said. ‘They will have everything in the world for you to deal with down there. It’s like a hornets’ nest so we will have our hands full.”

Less than two weeks ago, Lovejoy traveled to Moultrie, which Hughes thinks is very similar to Sharpsburg.

“It’s extremely hard to go down to Sharpsburg and play down there,” he said. “They just don’t lose in Sharpsburg. It’s kind of like when you go to Colquitt County in Moultrie—they don’t lose much in Moultrie either.”

However, East Coweta did lose 27-6 to Archer-Lawrenceville on Sept. 7 at home and the Wildcats hope they can do the same against a team credited with the last four wins in the series.

“Coach [Clint] Wade has been a good friend of mine for a very long time,” Hughes said. “He’s an outstanding football coach and he will do a great job of getting his people ready to play. They have always been tough on Lovejoy as long as I can remember.”

The Indians lead the all-time series 10-4.

Through the study of film since the teams have not played each other since 2009, Hughes expects East Coweta to be very fast on defense and versatile on offense.

“Offensively, they can threaten you in a lot of different ways,” he said. “They run the ball well and do a good job with the play-action pass. When you throw the ball off play-action there is a lot of big plays that can come out of that. Our defense will have to be extra ready to go.”

However, it seems the Indians’ defense will have more to worry about after surrendering three rushing touchdowns last week to Sandy Creek and with Georgia Tech commit Travis Custis coming to town.

In a 43-24 victory over Alpharetta last Friday, the senior running back had 148 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries.

“The best thing he did was get dressed and tie his shoes,” Hughes said. “After that everything was the Travis Custis show. He had a great night. He is an exceptional football player.”

Alejandro Bennifield threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns as Lovejoy rebounded from a 14-7 setback to Colquitt County on Sept. 7.

“I was pleased that we were able to get ourselves back on the winning track,” Hughes said. “Our kids played hard and well.”
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