Adairsville (6-3, 4-2) at Coahulla Creek (2-7, 1-5)
Adairsville’s Tigers will be the No. 2 seed in Region 5-3A if they beat the Colts in Varnell tonight, but a loss could put their postseason hopes in jeopardy. Adairsville will miss the playoffs entirely if it loses to Coahulla Creek and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, Ringgold and Gordon Central all win.
But Colts coach Jared Hamlin isn’t concerned with playoff scenarios as much as he is with his team finishing strong as it heads into the offseason after the school’s first year against varsity competition.
“We need to finish this season off strong and continue to get better,” Hamlin said. “There have been a lot of experiences that we have had this year that none of us — players or coaches — have seen before. It is a brand new situation, and I think as players we will see some of the little things they know they need to get better at, and as coaches the adjustments we have had to make being in a new situations.
“We have to work on things you might have taken for granted when you are building a new program. It is a learning experience and to learn, we have to stop making some of the same mistakes.”
It has been those little mistakes, Hamlin said, that have been the difference in a winning season and the possibility of competing for the state playoffs.
“In three or four of the last five games, it has really been about four or five plays that have been the difference in the entire game,” Hamlin said. “When we have the opportunities, we need to pounce on them. We had several opportunities in the first half against North Murray that we didn’t take advantage of. I am looking for us to get better at taking advantage of the opportunities when we have them.”
Adairsville put itself in position for a home playoff game by scoring three touchdowns — all by quarterback Marcus Childers — in the second half of last week’s win over Gordon Central.