Last meeting: East Coweta 35, Harrison 28 (Dec. 6, 2002)
All-time series: East Coweta leads 1-0
Prediction: Harrison 35, East Coweta 33
In only his second season at the helm, things are beginning to click for Harrison under coach Matt Dickmann.
The Hoyas are 2-0 for the first time since the 2008 season, and the victories haven’t been close. Harrison posted a season-opening 40-21 win at home against Pope, and returned the following week to take down a determined Wheeler program by a 33-21 score on the road.
The last time Harrison opened a season 3-0 was also back in 2008, when the Hoyas won their first seven games en route to a second-round state playoff appearance.
Harrison heads into tonight’s non-region contest against East Coweta at Cobleigh Stadium hoping to improve to 3-0 and keep its strong momentum towards its region slate of games.
“To go 3-0 on the season would be big,” Dickmann said. “We want to get better and show the kind of consistency that goes along with playing well.
“That’s what we’ve been talking about in practice. We want to take the appropriate steps forward with our program to accomplish what we want to accomplish.”
Harrison wants to return to the postseason, but in order to do that, it has to prepare itself efficiently for the rigors of playing in Region 4AAAAAA. Games with Pope, Wheeler and East Coweta are working and building confidence in the team’s players for future matchups.
“The team has become a lot more physical on offense and defense,” Dickmann said. “And that’s what we’ve improved on. We’ve gotten better at tackling and not making mistakes on offense.
“We want to be the team that doesn’t beat itself. We want teams to have to play really well to beat us, and East Coweta is a solid team that could pose problems for us. And for us to compete in our region, we want to play these kinds of teams to help prepare us.”