Northwest High School Bruins

October 4, 2013

The ones that matter most

League play starts for Region 7-4A football


Gordon Central (0-5, 0-2) at Coahulla Creek (1-4, 0-2)

The Colts dive into the heart of their Region 5-3A schedule this week, and they’re looking to rebound from a 41-3 loss last week at region leader Cartersville — the Purple Hurricanes are ranked second in the Georgia Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A poll — against the struggling Warriors.

Despite last week’s loss at Cartersville, there were some positives for Coahulla Creek that didn’t show up in the box score. Colts coach Jared Hamlin saw them early in the first quarter. The offense was able to drive the length of the field and put three points on the board, something that doesn’t always happen to the Purple Hurricanes, especially at home.

“We came out last week with high intensity and a good tempo,” Hamlin said. “We did a lot of good things against a great football team. I know the score is what it is, it’s a loss and everything else. But we did some things that no one else has done to them this year. We scored on the first drive, which no one has scored on the first drive against them. We made them punt four or five times. We don’t like the loss, but we got better.”

Another positive for the Colts has been offensive balance and strong contributions from the senior class. Senior quarterback Blaine Williams has 652 yards on 45 of 92 passing for three touchdowns, five interceptions and has also rushed for a pair of scores. Senior running back Cameron Burton leads the ground game with 346 yards on 66 carries, a 5.2-yard average, while senior receivers Levi Wilson and Michael Ward have combined for 25 catches and 379 yards. Wilson has two touchdown catches and Ward has one.

The Warriors have a sophomore at quarterback, Shy Williams, while linebacker Nate Mays and tackle Boo Dooley will spearhead the defense.

Gordon Central hasn’t won since beating North Murray in the regular-season finale in 2012, a stretch of nearly 11 months. The Warriors lost in the opening round of the Class 3A state playoffs the following week to start their current skid. The Colts have their own losing streak, which is at four games. They haven’t scored more than 16 points or held an opponent to fewer than 25 since beating Murray County 35-9 to open the season.

Hamlin’s solution for ending the drought is simple.

“Score more points than the other team,” he said.

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