The Wolverines (4-5, 1-4 Region 6A (B)) are left without a 10th game for two reasons. First, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy decided to suspend its football program before the season. That decision left an odd number of teams in its subregion, meaning one team would be left without an opponent for the season ending play-in games.
As unfortunate as that is, the second reason is what the Walker players and coaches are most upset.
“It’s a downer that we’re not playing,” Wolverines’ coach John East said. “I feel bad for our kids, but we should have won more games.”
From the time SACA’s situation became known in August, region members tried to find an additional opponent to add to the schedule so a program’s season would not end a week early. East said up to last week region representatives were calling schools that only had nine games scheduled to try to find one willing to play. After much effort, there were no takers.
With that in mind, East said Walker’s players and coaches knew last week’s game against Mount Paran Christian became a playoff game. The Wolverines lost.
“Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do now,” East said.
Ironically, while the region couldn’t find an opponent for Walker to play this week, East and the Wolverines found a team to play earlier in the season when SACA’s decision would have left a hole in the schedule.
Originally, Walker was scheduled to play SACA in the third week of the season, but East had made arrangements with Trion to play and avoid an unwanted off week if SACA indeed disbanded its football program.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, SACA’s decision still came back to bite them.