Wolfpack, Eagles hope to avoid rust coming off bye weeks
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Whitefield Academy hosts Gordon Lee tonight in the Wolfpack’s final tuneup prior to the start of Region 6A action next week. It’s a game that couldn’t have come at a better time for Whitefield (2-1), which is coming off its bye last week after two consecutive victories.

“Anytime you win, there are a lot of good things you take away from the game,” Whitefield coach Jimmy Fields said. “But the film doesn’t lie. You look at it and break it down and realize that you’re not as good as you think you are.”

The benefit of the bye week comes as the Wolfpack prepares to face a Trojans team that has won three straight contests. Whitefield’s offensive focus is shifting from a being a spread offense to more of a triple-option and wing style running game.

The extra week gave the team more time to adjust to the new system, and the game against Gordon Lee (2-1) offers one last chance to execute the system before region play begins. The defense has also changed from an odd-man front to a multiple even-man front with alignments and assignments.

“We studied and evaluated our weaknesses during the bye,” Fields said. “We worked on our timing with the new offense and tried to get some of the kinks out. It was all about tweaking things that the film study showed us.

“If things aren’t corrected the right way, we’re likely to not be successful in our next game against a very good Gordon Lee team.”

— By Carlton D. White

cwhite@mdjonline.com

North Cobb Chirstian had two weeks to prepare for tonight’s home game against Cross Keys.

The Eagles (1-2) have a shot at evening their record and doing some damage offensively in the process. Cross Keys is 0-3 on the season, giving up 60 points or more in each game.

Coach Harry Miles mentioned two areas of emphasis two weeks ago after the Eagles fell 46-14 to a Mount Zion-Carroll after winning the previous two years — conditioning and eliminating yards after making contact.

With roughly 32 players on the roster, the Eagles have depth working against them.

Miles addressed other areas to improve on such as blocked punts, fumbled snaps and not giving up the big plays.

NCCS is also focusing on starting quicker against Cross Keys after falling 33-0 at the half to Mount Zion-Carroll.

With more youth on the team than a year ago, new offensive playmakers have already stepped up this season.

Daniel Galanos is leading the team in rushing with 87 yards on 22 carries. Kendall Crute already has 100 yards on three catches.

Returning quarterback Alex Ho-on has 257 yards passing and a touchdown.

— By Adam Carrington

acarrington@mdjonline.com

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