To this point, Whitefield coach Jimmy Fields and his squad have had a difficult time figuring out the system to get into the playoffs as it is determined by the new power rating system.
The Georgia High School Association has had an idea for a while on how the system will work, but it has been rough trying to implement it as the plan has changed several times.
“With the power rating system, a lot of people are still trying to figure it out,” Fields said. “It’s puzzling but most important is that we have games to play and win.”
For the players that have worked hard all season long, the idea of having computers determine who makes the playoffs is hard to understand and even a little upsetting, but Fields has kept his team focused on the main goal — beating Trion.
“The most important thing that we have to do is win,” Fields said. “Power ratings will take care of themselves. More important than the power ratings is how we’ve done and that this is our biggest game in a while.”
While Whitefield is not automatically going to the playoffs even if it defeats the Bulldogs, Fields said the spirit of the team is high as they even get the opportunity to play Trion (7-2) and possibly accomplish one of their season goals.
“They’re very excited about the opportunity. Our players understand the importance of this game and the playoff implications,” said Fields. “It comes down to four quarters of football against Trion.”
In these coming four quarters, Fields notes that his team will have some big assignments if they look to pull out a victory. Whitefield (6-3), according to Fields, will have to refrain from turnovers and penalties, and create good field position while on defense.
“Trion is an excellent team. We have to create some negative plays, some third and longs and create some turnovers,” Fields said.