Last year: Gordon Lee 19, Whitefield Academy 14
All-time series: Gordon Lee leads 3-1
Prediction: Gordon Lee 21, Whitefield 18
Whitefield Academy coach Jimmy Fields acknowledged that his team has some work to do following its 27-14 loss at St. Francis on Sept. 13.
Last week’s bye week came at a good time as the Wolfpack prepare to face Gordon Lee on the road Friday. According to Fields, Whitefield needed the extra time.
“The bye week was just what we needed,” Fields said. “I haven’t been satisfied with what I’ve seen from us over the first three weeks of the season. I don’t want to take anything away from St. Francis. They’re a good team, but we have so much to do to get better.”
Whitefield went back to working on the basics during its bye week. The offense hasn’t executed well and the defense has given up 24 or more points in each game this season.
“The open week came at a good time for us,” Fields said. “We’re not playing well, so, it gave us an opportunity to have our offense and defense get back to working on the fundamentals. We’re lacking in the basics and we need to get better at that.”
Whitefield has a reason to get better because after three weeks, the Wolfpack were ranked No. 15 with 10.92 points in the latest GHSA Class A private school power ratings released Tuesday. The top 16 teams in the rankings will make the playoffs. Gordon Lee is rated third in the public school standings with 14.17 points. A victory over the Trojans would benefit the Wolfpack in a big way.
“They’re undefeated,” Fields said. “Their coaching staff has done a good job in preparing them every week and there’s a good reason why they’ve been winning. A win Friday would give us some big momentum in the power ratings, but the playoffs are a long way away.
“This is a big game because it’s the next game. We just have to play hard and play smart.”
— By Carlton D. White
Game: North Cobb Christian (0-3) at Cross Keys (0-4), 5:15 p.m.
Last year: North Cobb Christian 47, Cross Keys 7
All-time series: Cross Keys leads 2-1
Prediction: Cross Keys 21, North Cobb Christian 7
North Cobb Christian and Cross Keys will enter Atlanta’s Adams Stadium on Friday, and one will come out with its first victory of the season.
The Eagles (0-3) and Indians (0-4) can’t wait to get it started either. The game will begin at 5:15 p.m.
North Cobb Christian coach Scott Ryle said this will be the first game this season where he will have his entire roster available. Last week’s bye week came at an opportune time.
“We were missing some teeth in our gears,” said Ryle, whose team has allowed 42 points in each contest. “But we’ve got all our teeth back, so the gears should run smoothly.”
Ryle said Cross Keys was an extremely athletic team with very talented skill players. He added the Eagles will have to work to contain the Indians’ speed.
“We’re in the same boat they’re in,” Ryle said. “We haven’t won one and they haven’t either. It should be a good game.”
— By Ericka Birdsong
MDJ Sports Writer