It’s a championship win many Clayton County football fans say should have happened years ago, but Eddie White Academy’s “Wolf Pack” finally packed it away Oct. 25 by a score of 16-6 against the perennial powerhouse Rex Mill Middle School “Yellow Jackets”.
EWA’s football team has made three prior appearances to the county-wide championship game, including its inaugural year as a K-8 academy in 2010. That first year, EWA fell to Rex Mill in the big game. Rex Mill was a new school at that time as well.
“In 2010, we gave one to Rex Mill,” said EWA Athletic Director Kimleon Turner. “This year, we took it back.”
Turner praised the football coaching staff for their cohesiveness, and he tipped his cap toward former head coach Phil Moreno, who built the program from scratch six years ago.
“I’m just proud of my boys,” said new Head Coach Adrian Belton. “They worked hard, and they deserve this.”
Rex Mill had been in the lead 6-0 at the end of the first half and all the way through the third quarter, but EWA answered those points on the first play of the fourth quarter to tie the game. With fewer than three minutes left, EWA scored again and topped that off with a two-point conversion to take the lead 14-6, which would be the final score.
Both the final touchdown and extra points were executed as near-perfect pass plays, showing off a depth of talent that has already caught the attention of coaches at Lovejoy High, which is where EWA students are promoted.
LHS Head Coach Edgar Carson was on hand at Tara Stadium to see the big win and to congratulate EWA coaches and players.
“Those are two good, undefeated teams,” Carson said after the game. “There’s a lot of talent here on the middle school level.”
Carson noted that his junior varsity team won its county-wide championship last week. It all adds up to deeper talent for future LHS teams, he said.
Carson’s varsity team will face Jonesboro High on Friday night for their last regular season and region game, but Lovejoy is already guaranteed a spot in the playoffs.
Referring to the impressive passing game, Belton said he was confident his offense would pull it off for the win.
“We have some athletes out there who can throw it, and I trust them,” Belton said.