Last year: North Cobb 42, Starr’s Mill 3
All-time series: North Cobb leads 1-0
Prediction: North Cobb 20, Starr’s Mill 7
This is when a few of North Cobb’s questions will be answered.
The Warriors are having to replace many from last year’s Class AAAAAA state semifinal team.
Quarterback Tyler Queen is expecting to have a big year after throwing for more than 2,607 yards and 23 touchdowns last season. He’ll have J’Vonte Herrod in the backfield, and although he’ll miss receiving tandem Xavier Borishade and Nick Miller, Cameron Albright is returning on both sides of the ball.
North Cobb will be hosting Starr’s Mill tonight with five starters on the offensive line and three new starters on the defensive line.
“We have young kids who haven’t gotten reps in a varsity game, but we’re excited with how we played in our scrimmage,” North Cobb coach Shane Queen said. “We have talent. We have to get snaps under our belt.”
Starr’s Mill, which finished 2012 with a 3-7 record, was decimated by injuries including running back John Smith, who missed the entire season with a broken leg. With Smith healthy, as well as the numerous players returning who gained experience as a result of the injuries, the Panthers could give North Cobb trouble.
— By Adam Carrington
Game: South Cobb at Westlake, 7:30 p.m.
Last year: South Cobb 29, Westlake 22
All-time series: South Cobb leads 1-0
Prediction: South Cobb 24, Westlake 17
The Michael Youngblood era at South Cobb begins tonight when the Eagles visit Westlake to kickoff their 2013 season.
“We’re very excited to see what the kids are going to do and how they are going to react in the heat of battle,” Youngblood said. “A lot of coaches make debuts but it’s really about how can you get the kids motivated. How can you get them executing your game plan.”
South Cobb won its last two season openers, including a 29-22 home victory over Westlake in 2012.
“This game will let me know how tough we are,” Youngblood said. “How fast are we. How physical we’re going to be. It will have a true setting to go back to and re-evaluate some kids. Make sure everything is going to plan and how you want everything to be done because we are in the process of building this football team.”
The Eagles will have just two starters returning on each side of the ball.
“It’s going to be interesting to see other kids step into the roles of being a starter now and see how they are going to respond,” Youngblood said.
While South Cobb was off last week, Westlake fell 26-6 to Hillgrove.
“They went into a hostile environment last Friday and had a couple of bad breaks,” Youngblood said.
— By Maurice Dixon
MDJ Sports Writer