Last Year: Walker 21, Mount Zion-Car. 14
All-time series: Walker leads 6-2
Prediction: Walker 13, Mount Zion-Car.10
For the first time in John East’s tenure at Walker, he has to get his team immediately ready to play following a loss. The Wolverines lost 42-7 to a Trion team they have yet to beat in five tries and know they have another tough opponent in Mount Zion-Carroll.
Walker was the first to score a touchdown and take the lead against Trion, but the Wolverines couldn’t keep the momentum. Trion answered with six straight touchdowns and was able to chew clock the second half.
Walker couldn’t get much going offensively. It finished with only 132 total yards and had two turnovers.
“We were playing well and, suddenly, we came off the tracks,” Walker coach John East said. “Once we were down
21-7 (in the third quarter), we had to start reaching. We were trying to get out of a hole.”
Walker is still looking for that elusive balance on offense. Rushing standout Evan Kasian has graduated and the Wolverines have struggled to pick up yards on the ground. Walker has had to turn to quarterback Cameron Bloebaum and his corps of receivers, led by Kevin Bray.
While Walker has brought back a solid nucleus of players who played significant time last season, the Wolverines are still relatively young with many players being sophomores.
Beating Mount Zion-Carroll won’t be easy task for Walker. The Eagles won five of their last six games to end the 2012 season with a winning record and opened this season with a 42-7 rout over North Cobb Christian.
“They looked like they have improved over last year,” East said. “It will be a good matchup.”
— By Adam Carrington
Game: Mount Paran Christian at Trion, 7:30 p.m.
Last Year: Trion 10, Mount Paran 0
All-time series: Trion leads 2-1
Prediction: Mount Paran 20, Trion 17
Mount Paran Christian will head to Trion with a sense of momentum despite losing to Landmark Christian last Friday.
That’s because the Eagles likely earned more respect in a holding the
No. 2 team in Class A to only 14 points on its home field, than they had starting the season 2-0.
“The difference, more than anything else, is that we haven’t turned the ball over as much,” Mount Paran coach Mitch Jordan said.
He also noted that the team has more speed on the perimeter now.
That speed starts with Cobb County’s leading receiver, Emoni Williams. Williams has caught 14 passes for 314 yards and five touchdowns. He makes part of a potent combination with running back Taylor Trammell and quarterback Jake Allen.
This will be the fourth time the Eagles have faced Trion. The Bulldogs currently hold a 2-1 series advantage, but the teams have alternated victories. Trion won last year’s contest, which may mean it is time for another Mount Paran victory.
“They’ve got a lot of momentum,” Jordan said. “They’re 3-0. They’re hard nose and play disciplined football. We’ve got our work cut out for us.”
With only a few minor bumps and bruises, the Eagles are healthy, and Jordan said they will be near 100 percent Friday night.
“I think it’s going to be a great game,” Jordan said.
Jordan added he is looking forward to his team getting their bye week next week, giving them a chance to relax, refresh and prepare for the rest of the season.
— By Ericka Birdsong
MDJ Sports Writer