Last year: First meeting
All-time series: First meeting
Prediction: Campbell 35, Stone Mountain 21
The new era at Campbell football under first-year coach Ryan Brady began with a resounding 48-6 victory over South Atlanta last week.
Too his credit, Brady tempered the excitement over his team’s decisive win, claiming that it’s just one game and things should be kept in perspective.
“We were a bit sloppy, but I feel better about where we are as a team,” he said. “There’s definitely stuff we can build on offensively. There’s still work to do.
“Each game we play will be more difficult, and we expect stiffer challenges this week. If we can play with the same effort we showed against South Atlanta, it will be a dogfight. We’ll have to increase our intensity against Stone Mountain to come out with a victory.”
Tonight marks the first meeting between the teams. Like Brady, Stone Mountain coach Chaka Mason is in his first season, but Stone Mountain is playing its first game of the season while Campbell is entering its second.
Brady hopes his team’s 48-point outburst last week wasn’t an aberration.
“Any time you can put up that many points, it’s a surprise,” he said. “But guys made plays and sustained drives and that was good to see because each year you wonder what the kids can do and they showed their ability last week.”
Campbell dedicated its field at McDaniel Stadium last week to, D.M. “Dixie” Howell, who guided the old Campbell Panthers from 1952-1955. Howell went 7-2-1 in his second season at the helm and didn’t lose a game at home that season, going 4-0-1.
Howell died in 2012.
“Campbell didn’t have a field his first season in 1952,” Brady said. “But, he went undefeated at home the next year. Some old alumni from back then still live in Smyrna, and this was a way to honor coach Howell’s name.”
— By Carlton D. White
Game: Pebblebrook (0-0) at Miller Grove (1-0), 5:15 p.m. (Pantherville Stadium)
Last meeting: First meeting
All-time series: First meeting
Predicition: Pebblebrook 23, Miller Grove 17
After opening the 2014 campaign with a bye last week, Pebblebrook begins its season against Miller Grove at Panthersville Stadium in Decatur today.
“I hope that we will play hard and be technically sound,” Pebblebrook coach Tommy Macon said. “We’ve got some kids who haven’t played in a varsity game, other than our scrimmage, but we’ve been progressing over the last three-four weeks. I think, if the kids go in with a good attitude and play hard, we have a great opportunity to win the football game.”
This will be Miller Grove’s sec-ond game of the season, following the 50-26 victory over Towers last Friday. Therefore, Macon said Miller Grove won’t have to worry about any first-game jitters.
“I do feel they have a slight ad-vantage with game management and their kids have played a whole game,” Macon said. “Offensively, we got some young guys playing for the first time, but defensively we got some veterans who have played three and four years. Hopefully, that experience will pay off for us.”
The Wolverines’ defense did give up 284 rushing yards and three touchdowns to Towers’ Torrance Marable but Macon did notice the talents of Meco Jackson and Shaheid Hargrove.
“They have good size and speed,” Macon said. “Their running backs run the football well and play on defense. We will have to play great defense against them.”
Pebblebrook’s first meeting with Miller Grove will also begin at 5:15 p.m. not the usual 7:30 start time.
“It’s going to be extremely hot,” Macon said. “We are going to do a couple of things differently. I’m from the south Georgia area so we are going to do things like we are in south Georgia when it’s hot. Our pregame warmup will be a little different, but we are just going to do the best job we can.”
— By Maurice Dixon
MDJ Sports Writer