“Well, I can’t say we are renewing any kind of rivalry or anything, but we’re excited about the opportunity,” South Cobb coach Ed Koester said. “We continue to play good (Class AAAAAA) opponents. Douglas County is located close to us and it is not a lot of expense involved in the game. We just hope for good competition.”
Koester is correct about this being far from any type of rivalry since he is in his fifth year, while Douglas County coach and Jason Respert is just in his first season at the same position.
“Nothing other than region realignments and classifications that have prevented these two schools from playing in quite a while,” Koester said.
This will be the first matchup since 1999.
However, both teams started the 2012 season well with non-region victories.
The Eagles held off Westlake for a 29-22 home win last Friday, thanks to an 11-yard touchdown run by quarterback Stephon Masha with 48 seconds left.
“Stephon stepped up and did a great job,” said Koester after the team’s first win against the Lions.
Masha rushed for 111 yards and two TDs on 19 carries, and threw for 170 yards and a score. Wide receiver Jeremiah Alphabet had 111 receiving yards and a touchdown, and Chauncey Ingram finished 102 rushing yards on 12 carries.
“Both kids run the ball really well and Stephon can throw the ball well,” Koester said. “We try to have some type of balanced attack.”
Meanwhile, Douglas County cruised past Chapel Hill 46-7 last Friday.
“Chapel Hill turned the ball over a number of times, but most of the turnovers were caused by Douglas County playing hard and hitting hard,” Koester said.
It was also the Tigers’ first season-opening win since 2005.
“I think Douglas County is a good ball club with a very sound offense and defense,” Koester said. “They got good wide receivers and the quarterback is very accurate. They got a nice little running back also.
“Defensively, they are very strong up front and the secondary flies around really well,” Koester said.
In 1999, South Cobb won the last meeting for its second straight victory in the all-time series, which the Eagles lead 20-19-1.