Armuchee (0-3) at
Murray County (1-2)
Murray County coach Chad Brewer understands that last week’s 14-12 victory at Gordon Central was a big one for his Indians, who snapped a streak of 27 games without a win on the field.
But he has walked a fine line between letting his team celebrate a win that was a long time coming and reminding them that one win doesn’t make a season.
“I am afraid we are on cloud nine and may not be able to come down,” Brewer said. “That is a tough thing for a coach. Do you try to kill their excitement and refocus them, or do you let them celebrate?
“We took the approach that they have been working very hard for this moment, so we let them enjoy it over the weekend and all day at school, but we tried to focus them on Monday at practice. People are still talking about it in the school with the teachers and kids, but we still understand that we have seven more region games to go.”
This is the Region 7-2A opener for both teams, and the chances for Murray County to go for back-to-back wins would certainly seem to be in its favor against winless Armuchee, which has hurt itself with turnovers. In a 6-2 loss to Gordon Lee last week, Armuchee threw four interceptions and lost two fumbles. Earlier, Armuchee had four turnovers against Adairsville.
“Turnovers have really seemed to plague us,” Armuchee coach Preston Cash said. “We have to cut down on that for us to have a chance. What I really like is our effort, but we have to protect the ball better to give ourselves a better chance to win.”
Like Murray County, a lot of Armuchee’s players will be seeing time on both sides of the ball. Seniors Austin Gurley (defensive end/fullback), Dylan Cockerham (offensive and defensive lines) and Dawson Littlejohn (middle linebacker/tight end) will key its attack.