Pepperell (2-6, 2-3)
at Murray County (1-7, 0-5)
Even though Pepperell has just one more win than Murray County, the Dragons have won the right games.
Pepperell’s two Region 7-2A wins have come against Coosa and Chattooga, and the three teams have identical records in the league, leaving them tied for the final spot in the state playoffs. Since the Dragons have the tiebreaker over those two teams, wins against Murray County and Armuchee (1-7, 1-4) in the final two games of the year will put Pepperell in the postseason.
For Murray County, the final two games of the season are going to be less about this year and more about 2014.
“There are two left, so we have told the boys let’s bust it and fly around and do what we need to do and not worry about the score and play as well as we can,” Murray County coach Chad Brewer said. “We want to set the tempo for what we need to do in the weight room in the offseason. We mentioned that some last week, and we are really harping on that this week.”
This past spring, Brewer took over a program that hadn’t won a game on the field since October 2010. The Indians broke that streak earlier this year with a 14-12 win over Gordon Central, and while expectations outside the program may have been low, Brewer has seen the one thing he was looking for in his first year — improvement.
“We have met some of our expectations,” Brewer said. “Our numbers have stayed up and we have been able to get a lot of things accomplished in the weight room and get stronger as the season has gone along. We have gotten a lot of kids some good playing time, and we have met expectations in a lot of areas this season.”
Against Pepperell, Brewer expects his team to have another uphill battle in the final home game of the season.
“They are very big up front on both sides of the ball,” Brewer said. “That is going to give us problems if we don’t stay low on the fronts. They can move the ball on just about everyone. They definitely have talent and size with two or three running backs, and they are all pretty good.”