South Cobb and River Ridge, two teams out of the hunt in Region 6AAAAAA, will look to for some momentum to close out their 2019 seasons when they face off Friday in Woodstock.
The game will mark the end of the season for South Cobb (1-8, 1-6), which is hoping to end a three-game losing streak and head into the offseason on a good note.
River Ridge (2-6, 1-5), which also is looking to end its season riding a wave of momentum, can do so with a win Friday as well as a road victory at Sprayberry next week.
“There’s a new coaching staff over there at River Ridge, with Mike (Collins) coming over from Wheeler,” South Cobb coach Terry Jones said. “I talk to him a lot, so this should be a good game. Coach Collins and his staff do a good job.”
Jones sees a few similarities between his team and River Ridge, which should only add to tonight’s excitement. Much like South Cobb, River Ridge is a young team trying to find its way through a grueling region schedule.
“They’re a young team, just like us,” Jones said. “We’ve both been getting after it in games and playing physical. Our records don’t reflect how hard we’ve worked and the tough region we play in.”
River Ridge and South Cobb have each already faced the top teams in the region, including Harrison, Allatoona, Creekview and Dalton. And as they square off against one another, Jones wants his squad ready to compete against the Knights as well.
“River Ridge has done a good job all season just battling with their run game and their passing game,” Jones said. “They have a really good running back that we’re going to have to try to contain. On defense, they really get after it, so we’re really going to have to execute to be successful.”
With the season coming to an end, Jones’ message to his team during its final week of practice has been a simple one.
“I just want them to keep doing their job and do it the right way,” he said. “I can see, week after week, these kids haven’t quit. They fight every game. We just need to start better. We put ourselves behind the 8-ball early and then we’re trying to come back. Hopefully, we can start strong against River Ridge and finish strong and get a win.”