Starting their season with two road games is not as harrowing as it used to be for the Buccaneers. The last two years, those two road games may have been to places like Murray County or Gilmer, now the two trips combined don’t equal one trip to Ridgeland.
With less distance to travel, Allatoona can get more supporters to their road games to give them more Buccaneers school spirit.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is coach Gary Varner has to learn about a completely different schedule of opponents.
“I haven’t seen any film (on them),” he said. “The one thing about being new to (Region 5AAAAA) is I don’t know anything about anybody. We have never faced anyone in this region, so we have no past experience to pull from.”
Paulding County (0-2) has had a rough start to the season, dropping their home opener 23-20 to New Manchester, a new school playing its first full season of varsity football, and then falling at Hiram 33-0 last Friday. The Patriots have been without four starters in the first two weeks, something Paulding County coach Scott Hamilton said he hopes to rectify tonight against Allatoona.
Allatoona will look to exploit the Patriots defense on the ground with the new duo of Josh Beautista and T.J. Herron. Beautista and Herron combined to rush for 205 yards and five touchdowns against Woodland, and more of the same can be expected tonight.
Hamilton said he doesn’t expect anything less than that kind of physical contest.
Varner will be looking for an improved sense of discipline. The Bucs were penalized 17 times for more than 100 yards against the Wildcats last week, something that Paulding County could take advantage of if it were to happen again.