Sharpsburg – In a battle for sole possession of first place in Region 3-AAAAAA, Langston Hughes’ Keion Davis turned in a first-place worthy performance and spoiled East Coweta’s homecoming game.
Davis keyed the Panthers 42-14 win, rushing for 237 yards and five touchdowns and added an interception on defense.
It was the seventh straight win for Langston Hughes (7-1, 3-0 in 3-AAAAAA), which beat East Coweta 28-14 in 2012.
Kinan Humphrey passed for 135 yards for Langston Hughes, which held East Coweta (4-4, 2-1) to 27 net rushing yards and 199 yards total.
Langston Hughes never trailed and broke open a tight game with three fourth-quarter touchdowns to win going away. It was the sixth time in eight games the Panthers topped 35 points.
While East Coweta’s Bryce Gemmel passed for 172 yards, the Panther defense intercepted four passes and recovered a fumbled punt snap to set up a key score. Montavious Atkinson, Kalil Gray and Jaylin Boyd all had interceptions in the fourth quarter.
The loss ended East Coweta’s three-game winning streak.
Langston Hughes needed just three plays to notch its first score, a 4-yard run by Davis, who set up the score with a 35-yard run.
After East Coweta’s Cole Antley just missed wide left on a 51-yard field goal, Langston Hughes drove 80 yards in 12 plays to its second score, Davis’ 1-yard with 2:26 left in the first period. The Panthers converted three third downs on the drive.
The Indians notched their first score early in the second period on Malik Robinson’s 3-yard run to finish off an 11-play, 61-yard drive
Hughes stretched the lead to 21-7 on Davis’ 3-yard run late in the third period.
East Coweta cut the lead to 21-14 on Bryce Gemmel’s 34-yard pass to Markell Boston.
East Coweta forced a punt and got the ball back with a chance to pull even, but could not move the ball. Antley dropped the punt snap and Langston Hughes fell on it at the East Coweta 9-yard line early in the fourth quarter.
The Panthers capitalized and began pulling away. On the next play Davis scored his fourth touchdown on a 9-yard run and two plays after Atkinson intercepted an East Coweta pass with 8:25 left in the game Davis bolted 53 yards for his final touchdown.
Langston Hughes 14 0 7 21 – 42
East Coweta 0 7 7 0 – 14
LH – Keion Davis 4 run (Aaron Martinez kick)
LH – Davis 1 run (Martinez kick)
EC – Malik Robinson 3 run (Cole Antley kick)
LH – Davis 3 run (Martinez kick)
EC – Markell Boston 34 pass from Bryce Gemmel (Antley kick)
LH – Davis 9 run (Martinez kick)
LH – Davis 53 run (Martinez kick)
LH – Robert Saunders 4 run (Martinez kick)