Eagles face long trip to Towns Co.
by William Bretherton
October 19, 2012 03:09 PM | 1362 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In its history, North Cobb Christian has won just six games.

However, the Eagles have won three of those games this season and have a chance tonight to win their fourth against struggling Towns County.

Although the Indians have lost their last six games, and they have traditionally given the Eagles fits. Over the last two seasons, Towns County has beaten North Cobb Christian by a combined 81-24.

“(Towns County is) a very tough, physical team,” North Cobb Christian coach Harry Miles said. “They may not have won a game, but they have been very close in most of them. They have given us fits in the past, so it’s not going to be an easy thing at all to be up there and win.”

Along with dealing with the cold, the Eagles will have to make 115-mile trip up toward the Georgia-North Carolina border to play the game, another factor that changes North Cobb Christian’s game routine — potentially impacting how well the Eagles play.

“Actually, I think it cane impact you in many ways,” Miles said. “If you get there too early and are sitting there too long, like we did for Baconton, you have to help your kids not come out flat.”

But this year appears to be different. The Eagles (3-3) defeated first-year program Providence Christian last week, beat Cross Keys and earned a forfeit win over Southwest Atlanta Christian in the first week of the season. However, the hallmark of a program, according to Miles, is the ability to win a game on the road.

“For us to have a legitimate step in the right direction, we are going to have to win on the road away from our fans,” Miles said.

Although North Cobb Christian has yet to play a full region schedule, that will change in two years.

“We knew we had a big freshman class coming up,” Miles said. “After next year, we will go into a region schedule. When they become juniors, we should have the program where it needs to be to compete in a region setting.

“We’ve got our weight room built, our stands put in and our lights up. We’ve come a long way since we first got here.”

Outside of just having the resources necessary to compete, it was the numbers game that North Cobb Christian needed to get in place. Next year, the team will return all 22 of its starters, losing few seniors on a team that now has over 34 bodies on the sidelines at any given time.

On top of that, the Eagles now have a younger class of bigger players that are used to winning at lower levels.

“We’ve got pretty good size up front,” Miles said. “We haven’t had that in the past. All but one are over 200 pounds (this year). We’ve never had that. We’ve got more options for skilled players. In the past, we’ve had to rely on one or two guys. Now, we have five or six guys that are getting the ball.”

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