November 8, 2013

Region title, state dreams

Act II of Dalton-Gilmer in Ellijay for championship


Christian Heritage (7-2) at Fellowship Christian (5-4)

The Lions are guaranteed to make the Class A private school playoffs, but whether or not a first-round playoff game will be played at Christian Heritage will depend greatly on the outcome of tonight’s game in Roswell.

“It is important for this program to have a home playoff game,” Christian Heritage coach Preston Poag said. “The seeds are important. We have to take care of our business. We will see. It is all in the numbers. We have to win games and let the numbers sort themselves out. That is the mindset that we will take.”

The seeding for the Class A playoffs is based on power ratings with region champions getting the highest seeds regardless of the ratings. Christian Heritage is No. 8 in the latest GHSA power ratings, which would equate to a first-round home playoff game, but a loss or a Calvary Baptist Day School win over Johnson County would likely push the Lions on the road in the first round.

This is the second meeting of the season between the two schools with Christian Heritage winning 41-0 in the third week of the season. But Poag said the Falcons are a much different team from the one that gave up big play after big play in the first meeting.

“You watch them on film, and they are a lot better,” Poag said. “Their quarterback has thrown for over 1,500 yards, and if you remember we didn’t get our offense going for a quarter and a half and had some big plays.”

Christian Heritage is coming off of a 24-20 victory over Trion in a game that saw the Lions needing a late defensive stand to win the game. Poag said that victory illustrates how far his team has come from last season when they finished 5-5 and missed the playoffs.

“We have been in games like that in the past where we haven’t finished,” Poag said. “It is a big step for our program to be able to finish off. There is no panic in them and there is a lot more confidence.”

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