Johnson-Gainesville (1-2) at North Murray (0-2)
Wins don’t mean much until region play begins.
But North Murray sure would like to have one before the Mountaineers travel to Cartersville next week to begin Region 5-3A play.
North Murray was on the opposite end of the win-loss spectrum last season when it faced Johnson-Gainesville. The Mountaineers won their first two games, eclipsing the previous amount of victories in a single season for the young program, and then defeated the Knights 27-13 for a 3-0 start.
This season, it has been much different.
“Our biggest problem thus far has been us,” North Murray coach David Gann said. “Not taking anything away from our opponents, but we made a lot of mistakes in (each game). We made those first-year player mistakes, those ninth-grade and sophomore mistakes.”
The Mountaineers lost 35-12 to Southeast Whitfield and 30-26 to Dade County. Now they’ll try to capture the first win of the year against the Knights, who are driven offensively by quarterback Kavin Hopkins and slot back Jesse Griggs.
“The have a very athletic quarterback,” Gann said. “They run Georgia Tech’s offense with double slots and run the option. That’s all they do, but they are good at it.”
Johnson coach Jason Roquemore said “this game will be won at the line of scrimmage” because both teams are quite similar on offense. Additionally, the Knights’ coach also touted the Mountaineers’ toughness on offense and ability to make defensive adjustments.
“I think both offenses will look to sustain drives,” Roquemore added. “We pride ourselves in 10- or 12-play drives. You look at what they do and I think the philosophy is very similar.
“I think our skill kids are very similar and it will come down to the big nasties and blocking and controlling the trenches.”