Playoffs and region titles still in sight for several teams, every game a ‘must win’

Fri, 10/27/2006 - 8:17am
By: Michael Boylan

Although Creekside hosts Westlake in a game that could have implications on the region for some local teams in contention for a state playoff spot, the biggest game tonight is ...

East Coweta Indians (6-2, 3-1 region) @ Hiram Hornets (5-2, 3-0)

The Indians are coming off of a 49-6 romp over Mundy’s Mill. The team has been able to put up points this season. They were only held below 31 points once this season and that was in their opening loss to Buford (35-7). The defense is also holding opponents to below 20 points a game. Hiram is coming off of a bye week. Heading into last week, the Hornets beat Mundy’s Mill 7-6. Hiram has a good defense. They have held opposing offenses to eight points or less four times this season.

Current region standings are: Hiram (3-0), Newnan (3-0), East Coweta (3-1), Mundy’s Mill (1-2), Tri-Cities (1-3), Morrow (1-3), Paulding County (0-3).

In region 2-AAAA action....

Northgate Vikings (4-3, 3-2 region) vs. McIntosh Chiefs (0-7, 0-5)

The Vikings have won two games in a row and three of their last four. Their loss was a close match with Creekside, (20-14 loss), which remains undefeated in the region. Northgate doesn’t put a ton of points on the board - they are averaging just over 16 points a game on offense -, but they don’t give up a ton either and they find a way to win. They are allowing an average of 17 points per game. McIntosh lost to Woodward Academy 42-22 last week. It was the most amount of points they had scored in a game this season, but they scored all 22 points in the fourth quarter, after falling behind 42-0.

Starr’s Mill Panthers (4-3,2-3 region) @ Woodward Academy War Eagles (6-2, 4-2 region)

The Panthers had a two game winning streak snapped by a come from behind, last minute victory by Whitewater last Friday. The loss puts the Panthers at sixth in the region standings. The playoffs aren’t out of reach but they have to win out and hope for some other teams to lose. To win out, they cannot give up the big plays, which cost them dearly last week and they must be able to generate some more offense and sustain more drives. The War Eagles put up a lot of points. In their six wins, they haven’t scored below 27 points. Things change a bit when they are faced with good defenses though - scoring only three points and losing both those games. The Panthers and next week’s opponent, Whitewater, both have good defenses, so their mettle will be tested over the remainder of the season.

Fayette County Tigers (1-6, 0-5 region) vs. Banneker Trojans (1-6, 1-4 region)

The Tigers lost to Westlake 41-7 last week, marking their fifth loss in a row. They will have two favorable games in a row though, this week with Banneker and next week at McIntosh. Banneker has lost four games in a row. They fell to Northgate 21-10 last week and will wrap up the season with games against Creekside and Westlake.

The current region standings are: Creekside (5-0), Whitewater (5-1), Woodward (4-2), Westlake (4-2), Northgate (3-2), Starr’s Mill (2-3), Banneker (1-4), Fayette County (0-5), McIntosh (0-5).

In 6-AAA....

Sandy Creek Patriots (4-3, 1-3 region) vs. Haralson County Rebels (2-5, 1-3 region)

The Patriots lost 17-0 to Carrollton last week. It wasn’t a great performance for the offense, which couldn’t get anything going, but the defense held an explosive team in check. Haralson County lost to Villa Rica 41-14 last week. It was their second loss in a row. They have given up over 20 points six times this season.

Current region standings are: Carrollton (4-0), Cartersville (4-0), Villa Rica (3-1), Cass (2-2), Sandy Creek (1-3), Haralson County (1-3), Central, Carrollton (1-3), Cedartown (0-4).

In region 5-A...

Landmark Christian War Eagles (5-2, 2-0 region) at Mt. Pisgah Patriots (2-5, 1-1 region)

The War Eagles have won three games in a row and they are doing it by putting points on the board and causing some big turnovers. Landmark is averaging 41 points a game and is only allowing 23 points per game. The Patriots snapped a three game losing streak last week with a 35-13 win over Our Lady of Mercy. In their two wins, Mt. Pisgah has scored 35 points or more but they have allowed 27 points or more four times this season.

Our Lady of Mercy Bobcats (1-6, 0-2 region) @ Whitefield Academy Wolfpack (0-7, 0-2 region)

The Bobcats lost their fourth game in a row last week, falling to Mt. Pisgah 35-13. Unlike last season, when they were held to below 10 points in seven games, Our Lady of Mercy is moving the ball and scoring this year, but turnovers, like always, are very costly. They have only held one opponent to fewer than 33 points and that was in their lone win, a 12-8 victory over Towns County. Whitefield has played some close games this year, notably against tough teams like Bremen (35-24) and Landmark (40-35). The Wolfpack fell to Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy 29-14 last week.

The current standings in 5-A are: Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (2-0), Landmark Christian (2-0), Fellowship Christian (1-1) Mt. Pisgah (1-1), Our Lady of Mercy (0-2), Whitefield Academy (0-2).

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