But with the Grizzlies and Longhorns both off to solid starts, each team has their eyes set on subregion and region titles this fall.
Assuming both teams can come out on top in their respective sub-regions, the region championship could be decided by the outcome of tonight’s game.
That fact isn’t lost by either team, and both coaches played up the importance of tonight’s game to their players this week.
“Head-to-head is the first tiebreaker for the region championship and our kids are well aware of that situation,” Kell head coach Derek Cook said. “We know we are the favorite on our side and they are definitely one of the favorites on their side.
“We have to take care of business so nothing is left to chance.”
Coaches in 7AAAAA voted in the preseason to divide into northern and southern subregions over playing a full region schedule of 10 games.
Region rules say that only subregion games will count towards sub-region standings and, at season’s end the top four teams in each sub-region will crossover and go head-to-head in a week 10 region playoff game.
With the top team from each subregion playing the fourth place team from the opposite sub-region in week 10, it’s likely that both No. 1 seeds could win and a tiebreaker would be needed to determine a region champ.
If Kell (2-1) and Creekview (2-0) end up in that spot, the winner of tonight’s game would be crowned champion.
“We never want to assume anything, but we also know that it could be a huge factor,” said Creekview coach Al Morrell, who has led Creekview to wins over county rivals Cherokee and River Ridge. “It’s going to be tough though, Kell is well-coached and very talented. To beat a team like them we have to play mistake-free
Kell enters the with impressive wins over AAAAAA schools Chattahoochee and Woodstock, but also reeling off a blowout loss to cross-town rival Lassiter — the No. 2-ranked team in AAAAAA.
“It’s a tough task to head up to Creekview’s home field in a big game like this but we have to put the Lassiter loss behind us and move on. The goal now is to go
9-1 and be region champions, and there is no shame in that,” Cook said.