Mount Paran will play a Region 6A crossover at Mount Zion-Caroll tonight.
Mount Zion (6-3) tied Darlington for the top record in its subregion, but is not playing for the Region 6A championship after losing to the Tigers in a head-to-head meeting. The consolation prize is the opportunity to feast on another team of Eagles, the No 4 team in their subregion.
However, if coach Mitch Jordan and his players have anything to say about it — and they do — it will be his Eagles feasting tonight.
“The kids have played hard this year and it won’t be any different,” said Jordan.
Mount Paran played a tough game against subregion champion Walker last week, falling 20-3. The offense was never able to get going in the loss, something typical for the team, which has eclipsed 10 points just three times in a game this season.
Sophomore quarterback Jake Allen has been learning his role quickly and often has to work under pressure as the offensive line has had its share of difficulty.
“We just need to play Mount Paran football,” Jordan said. “Not turn the ball over, play tough defense, be able to establish the run game and play well on special teams. That formula has worked well for us at Mount Paran. We have been successful the last three years as a young program.”
North Cobb Christian looks for fourth victory: It’s already been a groundbreaking football season for North Cobb Christian, and the team still has one more chance to go out with a positive note.
The Eagles (3-6) have three wins to their credit the most in a single season in program history. And they have continued to show steady signs of improvement as the season has worn on.
North Cobb Christian travels to play the Clarkston Angoras at Hallford Stadium in an early 5:15 p.m. kickoff.
Clarkston (4-5) moved from Class AA last season to Class AAAA this season and played a non-region schedule. So far, the Angoras have fared well against smaller schools such as North Cobb Christian.
It will be important for the Eagles to score often. In their victories, the team scored an average of 48 points, while never accounting for more than 28 points in a loss. Clarkston’s offense hasn’t shown itself to be as explosive, giving the Eagles a possibility of holding the Angoras offense in check.
The key to containing Clarkston will be making first contact tackles and not letting the Angora running backs muscle ahead for extra yards. Clarkston isn’t lacking athletes, but many of the players are inexperienced, so fundamental football could give the Eagles an early advantage.
Strong performances from John Towne, Alex Ho-on and Kendall Crute would go a long way for the Eagles this week and could be what the program needs to enter the offseason with something to build upon.