Tonight’s Region 6A game at King’s Ridge is when games start to count and a victory would help the Eagles put their 0-4 start to the 2012 campaign behind them.
Mount Paran had a shot of getting its first win at home against Trion two weeks ago, but couldn’t put any points on the board and the Eagles had to settle for a 10-0 loss.
While Mount Paran played well defensively — it had seven three-and-outs — they couldn’t do much when they had the football. Turnovers have been the primary issue. The Eagles turned the ball over five times — one coming on the Trion 7-yard line — and had just four first downs.
“You can’t beat good teams by making turnovers,” Mount Paran coach Mitch Jordan said. “We just focused on ball security (this week), and if we can minimize turnovers, we can compete with anybody.”
Mount Paran graduated off their offensive skill players, with the exception of quarterback Ian Berryman but still has weapons.
Kyle Trammell is anchoring the Eagle backfield with 373 rushing yards and two touchdowns, but the Eagles are looking to spread the ball more over the next few games.
Mount Paran’s defense is strong enough to keep the Eagles in games. Linebacker Keith Johnson is coming off 22 tackles against Trion and has 36 tackles on the year. Safety Matt McKenzie is leading the Eagles with 38 tackles on the year.
Both are plying both ways this season to fill the offensive void left by graduation after sticking with just defense last season.
— By Adam Carrington
n North Cobb Christian gets healthy: North Cobb Christian is the healthiest its been this season, and it showed last week in its 47-7 rout at home over Cross Keys.
The Eagles will need their solid performance to carry over into their long road trip to Baconton on Saturday.
The Eagles (2-2) scored five times offensively in 29 plays led by Kendall Crute, who rushed for 135 yards and four touchdowns over the Indians.
Another plus for North Cobb Christian was cutting down on turnovers, having only one lost fumble last week.
Turnovers hurt the Eagles in their previous two losses to Mount Zion- Carroll and Walker and are working on limiting them. One area that has hurt them is fumbling on the snap.
North Cobb Christian will be going up against a Baconton team that runs the Wing-T and coach Harry Miles said the Eagles have had difficulty playing against Wing-T offenses in the past.
He said the key to success is keeping Baconton’s running game in the middle instead of allowing the Blazers to get around on the edge.
Offensively, North Cobb Christian is looking to control the ball like it did against Cross Keys.
Crute is leading the Eagles with 155 yards and three touchdowns. Daniel Galanos has 138 and Miller Forristall rushed for 49 yards and two scores against Cross Keys.
Quarterback Alex Ho-on has 257 yards passing with a touchdown and interception on the season.
— By Adam Carrington