Coosa (3-6, 3-3) at Murray County (0-9, 0-6)
Eleven Murray County seniors will put on the pads as Indians for the final time tonight, and their coach would love nothing more to see them finish their high school football careers with a victory in the Region 7-2A matchup.
It’s been a while since that has happened at Murray County, though. The Indians picked up two wins last season because of forfeits by Dalton and Southeast Whitfield for using an ineligible players in their victories against Murray County, but the last on-field win for the school came on Oct. 1, 2010, a 20-13 overtime victory against Pickens at Murray Field. Other than that, the Indians have just three victories in four years.
But Hammond speaks highly of his senior class.
“It’s been a pleasure to be around them and be part of their lives,” Murray County coach John Hammond said. “You want to go out on a winning note. If you can’t go out on a winning note, you want to go out on a good note as far as effort. We really want to try to send these seniors off with a win.”
One of those seniors is Brady Todd, who is second on the team in rushing with 298 yards and two touchdowns after playing both quarterback and running back this year. His versatility will be missed on defense as well — his six tackles for a loss lead the team.
The Indians will do their best to keep the Eagles out of the playoff picture. With a win and a victory by Model against Dade County, Coosa can earn the region’s fourth seed for state.
However, Coosa coach Chad Perry knows that winning is the only thing in his team’s control.
“Our main thing for us is to just take care of ourselves and we’ve tried to prepare ourselves all week,” Perry said. “Being a last game of the season approach for them ... at their home field, and with them having seniors, they’re going to be tough to handle.”