Last year: First meeting
All-time series: First meeting
Prediction: North Gwinnett 45, North Cobb 28
One thing is perfectly clear to North Cobb coach Shane Queen after his Warriors dropped a 38-20 decision to Northside-Warner Robins last week.
“If we make the same mistakes we did last week, then we’ll meet the same result this week,” he said.
North Cobb is on the road for another big test to start the season, this time travelling to second-ranked North Gwinnett which defeated former No. 1 McEachern last week.
North Cobb gave up long drives to Northside, committed too many penalties, missed catchable passes and failed to find the end zone on different occasions, en route to the loss.
The focus during practice this week has been on improving what went wrong.
“We’ve spent more time trying to fix us than worry about North Gwinnett,” Queen said. “If we don’t get what we messed up on than we won’t be able to compete against a team like North Gwinnett. We’ve spent a lot of time on film fixing what we did wrong.
“We upped the intensity a little bit and went live a little bit more. We’ve had to do that to, hopefully, decrease the number of missed tackles we had. We just focus on detail more offensively, and try to make sure we’re able to execute during the game what we do in practice.
“Our first game is under our belts and hopefully, we’ve gotten rid of all of the miscues from last week. Just limit the mistakes and give us a chance to win the football game.”
Quarterback and Auburn commitment Tyler Queen, who suffered a bruised sternum against Northside and sat out the third quarter, is fine and is expected to be under center to start the game.
“He’s back,” Shane Queen said. “He’s good. He just took a good shot and couldn’t catch his breath for about a hour. As soon as he got his breath back, and could breathe deep, he was back in the game.”
— By Carlton D. White