Game: Sequoyah at Creekview, 7:30 p.m., Friday
Last year: Creekview 24, Sequoyah 0
All-time series: Creekview leads 10-3
Prediction: Creekview 23, Sequoyah 19
When Sequoyah travels to Creekview this Friday, it will be the most important game of the season to date. The Chiefs and Grizzlies lost their final games before fall break, now squaring off within a difficult Region 7AAAAAA.
The region is filled with potential contenders, including Johns Creek, Riverwood and River Ridge. Sequoyah and Creekview are both looking for a leg up.
“This region is absolutely loaded,” Creekview coach Trevor Williams said. “Starting in our own county with Sequoyah and River Ridge. There is no week that you could look at and feel good about it. You just have to put your best foot forward.”
Every single team in Region 7AAAAAA has a significant chance to challenge for the division lead, including Sequoyah, who goes into the weekend at 0-1.
“Even though we were off, I went and scouted some games on Friday,” Sequoyah coach James Teter said. “I think that any of the teams in our region have a chance to make one of the four spots. Everything is going to be really competitive.”
The Chiefs’ loss to Johns Creek set them back early in the region race. However, six games remain on their schedule, including one matchup with the still-undefeated River Ridge.
As region play moves into full swing, every detail becomes that much more important. Teter said that mistakes lose games in this region, and the teams who overcome them are the ones who win in the end.
“I think everything is magnified,” he said. “Every mistake you make or lack of discipline, either your reads or missing a block, all that stuff will be exposed with the people you are getting ready to play.”
Creekview suffered its first loss of the season to Cambridge, 7-0, before the break. Prior to that loss, the Grizzlies averaged 37 points per game and defeated the explosive Cherokee offense.
“We made so many mistakes on both sides of the ball,” Williams said. “We missed a bunch of tackles and did not execute very well on offense. We have to continue to get better and trust what got us to those first three wins.”
The Creekview defense played well in the loss, allowing just the lone score, intercepting a pass and recovering a forced fumble. The offense, though, was not its usual self. The Grizzlies shift their focus to a strong Sequoyah defense in hopes of a better offensive showing.
“We have to focus on each week at a time,” Williams said. “We can not let what happened one Friday night affect the next. We were able to reset and refocus, and now we have a matchup with Sequoyah coming up.”