North Murray (1-6, 0-4)
at LFO (3-4, 2-2)
Despite going winless in region play with more than half of its 5-3A schedule over, North Murray’s postseason hopes aren’t gone.
But they have to start winning — now.
“It is my understanding that we still could make the playoffs,” Mountaineers coach David Gann said. “It’s a small chance. If we win out, we would be 3-4 (in region play). However, we would have to get some help.”
The top four teams in the region advance to the Class 3A state playoffs.
North Murray has already played Cartersville (7-0, 4-0) — the No. 2 team in the Georgia Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A state poll — Ringgold (6-1, 4-0) and Adairsville (5-2, 3-1), which hold the top three spots in the Region 5-3A standings with three games to play. The Mountaineers’ other region game was against Sonoraville (2-5, 2-2), which is tied for fourth with Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe.
The schedule looks more favorable the rest of the way for North Murray, with tonight’s road trip followed by home games against Coahulla Creek (2-5, 1-3) and Gordon Central (0-7, 0-4). But Gann knows winning the final two won’t make a difference in the hunt for the playoffs without a victory tonight at LFO.
“We’re concerned right now about a very physical LFO team,” Gann said.
Gann called Warriors quarterback Sky Rogers “as tough as a quarterback as I’ve ever been around.” Gann was previously an assistant at Ringgold before taking over at North Murray last year, and Rogers played at Ringgold before transferring to LFO. Rogers, whose toughness shows in also playing middle linebacker, threw a pair of touchdown passes in last week’s 28-18 win over Coahulla Creek.
LFO fullback Jacob Gilbert punctured the Colts’ defense for 153 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while wide receiver/defensive back Coe Crawford had a touchdown reception and intercepted two passes.
“We’ve been in almost every game that we’ve played,” Gann said. “That gives us reason for optimism down the stretch.”
— Compiled by sports writers Devin Golden and Chris Whitfield and correspondents Dave Gordon and Doug Hawley. The Georgia High School Football Historians Association’s website (ghsfha.org) was used as a reference for some scores and win-loss records.