East Coweta captured the 2016 GHSA Rifery State Championship with a new state record score of 1,168, clinching the program’s first state title since 2000. Allatoona set the previous championship record of 1,162 in 2014. Saturday’s state championships presented by Georgia Army National Guard hosted 14 teams at the Pool International Shooting Complex on Fort Benning that competed for the title. The Indians comfortably outscored second place and defending state champions Northside-Columbus (1155) and third place Walton (1150). East Coweta was favored going into the championship after shooting a playoff-best 1171 in the semifinals. Northside-Columbus’ score of 1,155 is the highest score posted by a team other than the state champs this postseason.
East Coweta’s five-man team consists of Tanner Whitehead, John Satterfield, Cayla Mcleod, Nate Peterson and Austin Barber. Whitehead walked away as the biggest winner of the weekend after taking home the individual state title with a mark of 395.4 in the finals. Satterfield finished second with a 394.7 and Amy Delgado of Gainesville shot a 393.3.