To do that, the undefeated Trojans will have to go through visiting Roswell tonight.
Should second-ranked Lassiter (8-0, 5-0) seize the moment as expected, attaining its Region 5AAAAAA crown would give new meaning to the term “total team effort.”
Coach Jep Irwin lauded the east Cobb community this week for rallying around his 8-0 Trojans.
“Our football program has had some good years, with the highest level of achievement coming these last five years, and the community’s really excited,” Irwin said. “Our program has grown because of the support of the community.”
Lassiter, which boasts the longest active playoff streak in the county at five straight years, captured its only other region title in 2009.
The visiting Hornets, despite their 2-6 record, are a bigger threat to trip up the high-flying Trojans than one might think, Irwin said.
“Roswell is a really improving team,” he said. “They dominated Cherokee last week (winning 34-6), so they’re going to come in playing at their peak.
“A team like that is dangerous, no matter who you are.”
Lassiter’s best hope in derailing the surging Hornets likely rests with its defense’s plan to throttle the Hornets passing game — led by quarterback Ryan Monty — while making yards hard to come by for talented halfback Andrew Kwateng.
As it proved by scoring 31 points on Milton, and its 26-24 shootout at Woodstock, the Roswell offense lives up to its “dangerous” billing.
“They’re not a one-dimensional team,” Irwin said. “They’re two-dimensional, so that makes them a little bit tougher to stop.”
Hornets defenders will have their own hands full with the Trojans lineup on the opposite side of the ball.
The Lassiter quarterback-receiver tandem of Eddie Printz and Willie Police has been on a roll as of late and will look to keep pace or outduel their counterparts.
Printz comes into the game with 7,888 yards passing in his career. That leaves him 352 yards behind former Lassiter quarterback and current University of Georgia backup Hutson Mason (8,240) for the team and the Cobb County passing records.
Police comes in with 827 yards receiving and is 173 yards from reaching the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
Whether by shootout or a low-scoring affair, a win cements the Trojans as the team to beat — in the eyes of rivals and supporters alike.
“Being undefeated and the top team in the region, everybody’s gunning for us,” Irwin said. “We hope to have a great (postseason) run, kind of give back to the community which has made it possible for us to get this far.”