Pope, Osborne preparing for uneventful game
by Maurice Dixon
MDJ Sports Writer
October 04, 2012 11:16 PM | 2263 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Because of the adjustments that had to be made last year when Pope visited Osborne at Cardinal Field, this series will always possess a bit of intrigue.

Tonight, everyone just hopes there aren’t any malfunctions and the teams can begin and finish the game at Cardinal Field when Pope (3-2) meets Osborne (1-4) in the Region 7AAAAA(B) opener for both clubs.

Prior to a 27-24 double-overtime victory for the Greyhounds over the Cardinals on Sept. 23 of last year, the stadium lights stopped working early in the second half and the game was moved to South Cobb High School.

“That was strangest set of circumstances I’ve ever been around in 20 years of coaching,” Pope coach Matt Kemper said. “I’ve never finished a game in a different stadium.”

“It was one of the strangest games I’ve been in,” Osborne coach Xarvia Smith said. “We ended up playing at two different places on the same night. A fun game and exciting game. Wish I had went for 2.”

The contest was delayed an hour-and-a-half but tonight’s game should be clear of any type of encore.

“Everything is good,” Smith said. “The county has taken care of it.”

“I hope they got a new fuse box or whatever,” Kemper said. “That was definitely one we will remember for a long time.”

With the win, Pope improved to 4-0 all-time against Osborne and will be seeking more success in the series, while also hoping to win its fourth straight game of the season.

“We’re just praying that we can play hard and kill that three-game winning streak,” Smith said.

Last week, the Greyhounds cruised to a 49-7 victory over Cambridge in which Ronald Woods rushed for 175 yards and three touchdowns.

“We’re happy about the fact that our guys went out there and took care of business,” Kemper said. “But at the same time, not breaking our arm to pat ourselves on the back because that was a really young football team and that is what the outcome should’ve been.”

On the other hand, the Cardinals dropped a region crossover game — a 31-0 loss to Creekview.

“It was tough game,” Smith said. “We felt like we played defense well for almost four quarters but it was disappointing to give up 17 points in 7 minutes.”
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