N is for Naysayers: For Coahulla Creek, Murray County and Southeast Whitfield, the three schools to finish last season with losing records, it’s time to prove the doubters wrong. The Colts enter their second season competing at the varsity level after finishing 2-8. The Raiders held the same record but showed improvement toward the season’s conclusion. The Indians finished 0-10, and each game was a rout. None of the three teams have any recent success, but a program’s fortune can shift in one season, or even one week.
O is for Offense: Defense may win games and championships, but big gains and scores get the fans out of their seats. Last season, North Murray averaged 34.4 points per game, the most in the area. Murray County, however, didn’t score a whole lot, averaging less than a touchdown a game at 6.8. As for individuals, Dalton running back Kelvis Rhodes rushed for 1,529 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore.
P is for Power I: Rest in peace, old-style football. It’s a new day, and more teams are going to the fast-paced spread offense by the year. Teams like Northwest, North Murray and Southeast used the spread offense either in full or part last season. This year, Murray County will be doing more of the spread offense. But Dalton coach Matt Land refuses to give in to the epidemic known as “basketball on grass.” How long will the Cats stay away from this new era of offense?
Q is for Quarterback: One of the biggest stories coming into the new season is how are the new first-year starting quarterbacks going to fare? Dalton, North Murray, Southeast, Northwest and Murray County will all be breaking in new quarterbacks. These “rookie” starters will have to mature into their starting positions quickly. Coming in our 2013 Football Preview, we will examine the quarterback “psyche” and see what challenges await these new signal callers.