While East Coweta’s Bryce Gemmel passed for 172 yards, the Panthers’ 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.
Hughes needed 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 attempt, Hughes drove 80 yards in 12 plays to its second score, Davis’ 1-yard run 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 its lead to 21-7 on Davis’ 3-yard run late in the third quarter.
East Coweta cut the lead to 21-14 on Bryce Gemmel’s 34-yard pass to Markell Boston.
The Indians forced a punt and got the ball back with a chance to pull even, but they could not move the ball. Antley dropped the punt snap, and Hughes fell on it at the East Coweta 9-yard line early in the fourth quarter.
The Panthers capitalized and began pulling away. 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.