It will certainly be a measuring stick for the region’s only two undefeated teams.
With still half a season to play, both teams are tied with McEachern at the top of the standings. That will change after the two teams battle at Clay Stadium. Afterwards, it will be up to the winning team to stay atop of the standings and the losing team to dust itself off and climb back up.
“It’s just one game of a 10-week season,” South Cobb coach Ed Koester said. “In five weeks from now, this game may determine the region championship. Who knows? There is also McEachern, Marietta and Pebblebrook down the road. But I’m not going to discount my guys. We’re excited to play in this game.”
On paper, North Cobb comes across as the favorite.
The Warriors were explosive in their first four games, averaging 47.8 points a game, while beating opponents — last year’s Class AAAAAA state finalist Walton included — by an average of 37.5.
South Cobb, on the other hand, barely beat its opponents over the last two weeks. The Eagles won by two points over Kennesaw Mountain in the 4AAAAAA opener and defeated Campbell by three two weeks ago.
So it will be up to the Eagles to be explosive themselves and stay ahead of the Warriors. They are capable of scoring points, having put 70 on the board in their last two games.
Quarterback Stephon Masha has proved to be a valuable weapon in his third year as a starter. He’s already thrown for 909 yards and three touchdowns in his first three games and rushed for 397. And Chauncey Ingram has filled the void vacated by Chris Beck last year with 412 yards on 52 carries and nine touchdowns.
“They have five or six guys who can get 90 yards,” North Cobb coach Shane Queen said. “Masha is unbelievable on film, and they have a tailback every year that can step in. They pose a great threat obviously.”
North Cobb has scored points defensively, and on special teams, but its offense proved to be a threat as well. The Warriors’ passing attack has exploded this season with Tyler Queen entering his second season as a full-time starter and has Xavier Borishade and Nick Miller who are both explosive targets.
Although North Cobb is coming off a decisive
48-14 victory over Harrison last Friday, the Warriors addressed a few miscues made in the game. They committed three turnovers against Harrison and their defense struggled at times to get off the field on third down.
In their previous games, however, the Warriors kept mistakes to a minimum.
“I think they are a fanatical group right now,” Koester said. “They have a lot of confidence and are playing together as a team. They compliment each other, and if you make a mistake, they will take advantage of it.”