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November 16, 2013

Lowndes rolls through 1st round of playoffs

SHARPSBURG — No drama, no suspense, just the way the Vikings wanted it; Lowndes cruised to a 38-10 victory over the East Coweta Indians in the opening round of the AAAAAA playoffs.

A year ago, Lowndes hosted Marietta at Martin Stadium in the first round and fell in an upset, but this year, East Coweta didn't even get the chance as the Vikings physically dominated the Indians from the opening whistle.

"It's a great win," said Vikings head coach Randy McPherson. "The kids played hard, the coaches had a great game plan, I'm just proud of them… I think we played our best game of the season tonight, without a doubt."

It was a complete team effort from Lowndes that allowed them to walk into Sharpsburg and take the air out of the playoff atmosphere at Garland Shoemake Memorial Stadium.

East Coweta got the ball first, but they could not build any sort of momentum against Lowndes'

talented defensive line. The Vikings were able to consistently win the battle at the line of scrimmage, getting pressure in the Indians backfield with ease. ECHS was forced to punt after just three plays, the first of three consecutive three-and-outs to begin the game.

The first offensive drive by East Coweta that was not a three-and-out resulted in a sack/fumble by Lowndes which was recovered in the end zone to put the lead to 20 mid-way through the second quarter.

Lowndes' offensive line experienced similar success to the defensive line against East Coweta as the Vikings marched downfield for a touchdown in nine plays, all runs —the drive was capped by an Alex Brown 16-yard touchdown run.

Though the result of the drive was just a touchdown, the slow, methodical drive reinforced the Indians biggest fear coming into this game — they just couldn't match up physically with the Vikings.

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