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COOSA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Eagles Win First Round of State Playoffs
Jim Alred, Rome-News Tribune Sports Editor, Photo by Steven Eckhoff

Posted on Nov 15, 2014playoff1
Going into overtime tied with Greene County at 7, Coosa’s football team rallied together and decided to put it all on the line to grab a playoff victory Friday night at Coosa in the opening round of the Class AA state playoffs.
The Eagles got the ball first in overtime at the 15-yard line. The offensive line made key blocks and tailback Tristen Bryant hit two or three big runs before bulling his way into the end zone, giving Coosa a 14-7 lead.
Coosa’s defense, which had been dominant all night, refused to allow Greene County’s offense to do anything in overtime.
The Eagles dropped a Greene tailback for a five-yard loss on the first play in overtime and on the next play Coosa’s Robbie Davis picked off a pass, ending Greene’s scoring threat and giving the Eagles a 14-7 overtime victory.
“Going into overtime, the kids rallied and stayed focused and did what they needed to do,” Coosa coach Todd Wheeler said. “We decided on both sides of the ball that we were going to win the football game. I can’t say enough about our kids about fighting and not getting frustrated and just doing what they had to do to win.”
Both teams’ offenses found the going rough for the first three quarters.
Although Coosa had a couple of promising drives, the Eagles fumbled the ball away twice inside Greene County’s 40-yard line.
Twice Coosa’s Billy Bell pulled in interceptions for the Eagles, and the Tigers also failed to connect on a pass during a fake punt.
“Our offense sputtered a bit. But we stuck in there and kept digging, and we found a way to score on offense,” Wheeler said.
Coosa got on the board first as the Eagles began a drive at the Greene County 31-yard line. The Eagles turned to tailback Justin Ware. The junior back had big carry after big carry, helping drive the Eagles down the field.
Ware had runs of 20, 14 and 23 yards before driving the finals four yards into the end zone, giving Coosa a 7-0 lead with 8:32 remaining in the game.
“Justin did a good job tonight, especially on the touchdown drive,” Wheeler said. “He got a little banged up and then Tristan Bryant came in and did a great job in overtime.”
The Tigers’ offense, which had been held in check all evening by Coosa’s defense, finally got going after the Eagles’ touchdown.
Quarterback Henry Neal, subbing in for starter Tarrence Williams, who was injured earlier in the second half, got the drive going with a big 14-yard run for a first down.
Neal hit Devin Wynn for a 21-yard completion later in the drive, as the Tigers got inside the red zone for the first time all evening.
Wynn capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run to tie the game at seven with 4:59 left.
“The offense came back and did what they need to do to get us on the board,” Greene County coach Robert Edwards said. “Henry (Neal) came in and gave us a spark, but then turnovers hurt us.”
Coosa had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation. Bell intercepted a Neal pass with 44.7 seconds left. Coosa’s offense then hit a couple of big plays to get the Eagles to the 10-yard line.
The 27-yard field goal attempt sailed just wide left, sending the game into overtime.
The Tigers’ offense came into the game averaging scoring 24.2 points per game but was held to only seven on the evening by Coosa’s defense.
“Greene County is a scary team. They have a lot of athletes and a lot of big kids. They poked and prodded at our defense all night, and our defense did a great job of not letting those guys get behind us,” Wheeler said. “You win championships and you win big football games on defense. We pride ourselves on that.”
Greene County’s defense played well also, as the Tigers limited the Eagles to only 14 points and made several big stops on the night.
“Our defense played well. They got stops when we needed them,” Edwards said. “Turnovers really hurt us. Any time you have four turnovers in a playoff game, it’s going to be tough to win. We didn’t win the turnover battle, and that was the difference in the game.”
Ware led all rushers with 169 yards and the lone touchdown but had to leave the game due to injury late in the fourth quarter. Bryant came in and rushed for 49 yards and the overtime touchdown.
Marquavius Grable led the Tigers with 43 rushing yards. Wynn finished with 30 rushing yards and two receptions for 56 yards.
Greene County finishes the season with a 5-6 record, while the Eagles improve to 8-3.
The playoff win is the first for the Eagles since 2004. Coosa advances to the second round of the Class AA Playoffs next week and will play at Vidalia.
Moments after winning the game, the Coosa players rallied around Wheeler holding up their helmets while chanting, “It’s great to be a Coosa Eagle.”
“Getting this win is awesome. We haven’t done that here in 10 years,” Wheeler said. “This group of seniors has made mark after mark. I just can’t say enough about these kids. I tip my hat to this bunch of seniors.”
Jim Alred is the Sports Editor for the Rome News-Tribune.

Eagles Win First Round of State Playoffs
Jim Alred, Rome-News Tribune Sports Editor, Photo by Steven Eckhoff

Posted on Nov 15, 2014by Jim Alredplayoff1
Going into overtime tied with Greene County at 7, Coosa’s football team rallied together and decided to put it all on the line to grab a playoff victory Friday night at Coosa in the opening round of the Class AA state playoffs.
The Eagles got the ball first in overtime at the 15-yard line. The offensive line made key blocks and tailback Tristen Bryant hit two or three big runs before bulling his way into the end zone, giving Coosa a 14-7 lead.
Coosa’s defense, which had been dominant all night, refused to allow Greene County’s offense to do anything in overtime.
The Eagles dropped a Greene tailback for a five-yard loss on the first play in overtime and on the next play Coosa’s Robbie Davis picked off a pass, ending Greene’s scoring threat and giving the Eagles a 14-7 overtime victory.
“Going into overtime, the kids rallied and stayed focused and did what they needed to do,” Coosa coach Todd Wheeler said. “We decided on both sides of the ball that we were going to win the football game. I can’t say enough about our kids about fighting and not getting frustrated and just doing what they had to do to win.”
Both teams’ offenses found the going rough for the first three quarters.
Although Coosa had a couple of promising drives, the Eagles fumbled the ball away twice inside Greene County’s 40-yard line.
Twice Coosa’s Billy Bell pulled in interceptions for the Eagles, and the Tigers also failed to connect on a pass during a fake punt.
“Our offense sputtered a bit. But we stuck in there and kept digging, and we found a way to score on offense,” Wheeler said.
Coosa got on the board first as the Eagles began a drive at the Greene County 31-yard line. The Eagles turned to tailback Justin Ware. The junior back had big carry after big carry, helping drive the Eagles down the field.
Ware had runs of 20, 14 and 23 yards before driving the finals four yards into the end zone, giving Coosa a 7-0 lead with 8:32 remaining in the game.
“Justin did a good job tonight, especially on the touchdown drive,” Wheeler said. “He got a little banged up and then Tristan Bryant came in and did a great job in overtime.”
The Tigers’ offense, which had been held in check all evening by Coosa’s defense, finally got going after the Eagles’ touchdown.
Quarterback Henry Neal, subbing in for starter Tarrence Williams, who was injured earlier in the second half, got the drive going with a big 14-yard run for a first down.
Neal hit Devin Wynn for a 21-yard completion later in the drive, as the Tigers got inside the red zone for the first time all evening.
Wynn capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run to tie the game at seven with 4:59 left.
“The offense came back and did what they need to do to get us on the board,” Greene County coach Robert Edwards said. “Henry (Neal) came in and gave us a spark, but then turnovers hurt us.”
Coosa had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation. Bell intercepted a Neal pass with 44.7 seconds left. Coosa’s offense then hit a couple of big plays to get the Eagles to the 10-yard line.
The 27-yard field goal attempt sailed just wide left, sending the game into overtime.
The Tigers’ offense came into the game averaging scoring 24.2 points per game but was held to only seven on the evening by Coosa’s defense.
“Greene County is a scary team. They have a lot of athletes and a lot of big kids. They poked and prodded at our defense all night, and our defense did a great job of not letting those guys get behind us,” Wheeler said. “You win championships and you win big football games on defense. We pride ourselves on that.”
Greene County’s defense played well also, as the Tigers limited the Eagles to only 14 points and made several big stops on the night.
“Our defense played well. They got stops when we needed them,” Edwards said. “Turnovers really hurt us. Any time you have four turnovers in a playoff game, it’s going to be tough to win. We didn’t win the turnover battle, and that was the difference in the game.”
Ware led all rushers with 169 yards and the lone touchdown but had to leave the game due to injury late in the fourth quarter. Bryant came in and rushed for 49 yards and the overtime touchdown.
Marquavius Grable led the Tigers with 43 rushing yards. Wynn finished with 30 rushing yards and two receptions for 56 yards.
Greene County finishes the season with a 5-6 record, while the Eagles improve to 8-3.
The playoff win is the first for the Eagles since 2004. Coosa advances to the second round of the Class AA Playoffs next week and will play at Vidalia.
Moments after winning the game, the Coosa players rallied around Wheeler holding up their helmets while chanting, “It’s great to be a Coosa Eagle.”
“Getting this win is awesome. We haven’t done that here in 10 years,” Wheeler said. “This group of seniors has made mark after mark. I just can’t say enough about these kids. I tip my hat to this bunch of seniors.”
Jim Alred is the Sports Editor for the Rome News-Tribune.

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