Both teams are also transitioning to their first-year head coaches.
Both offenses appear to be heading in the right direction, and this Region 4AAAAAA contest tonight between the teams at Bruce Cobleigh Stadium could come down to which team is more successful in finding the end zone.
Harrison’s biggest issue is holding on to the football. The Hoyas turned the ball over four times in their
21-14 win against Campbell and four more times in its 39-8 loss to Alpharetta.
The Hoyas now have 10 turnovers on the season, with eight of them fumbles.
“For some reason, we’re still not consistent on offense,” Harrison coach Marty Galbraith said. “We turned the ball over (against Campbell) and the defense came in and was put in situations where we had to stop them.
Galbraith is also seeing positives in his offense.
Receiver Drevon Jones was huge for the Hoyas in their win over Campbell to open region play. He caught two touchdown passes, which included a 40-yarder in the fourth quarter that helped seal the victory over the Spartans.
Galbraith said Harrison ran the ball better than it did in its previous games last Friday, with Deuce White leading the way with 102 yards on 18 carries.
Harrison is having to break in a new quarterback, running backs and wide receivers after graduating most of their skill players from last season.
First-year starting quarterback Lorenzo Nunez can throw and run the ball. He’s completed 18 of 45 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for an extra 87 yards and a score. Leading rusher White and Chatham Carter have a combined 276 yards and Jones has stepped up as Nunez’s go-to receiver with 155 yards.
But all Galbraith is asking for is consistency against a speedy Pebblebrook defense.
Pebblebrook (0-3) has switched from a triple option to a pro-style offense with two running backs. Whenever the Falcons would drive the ball successfully, their mistakes would come when they got close to the end zone. They would either get victimized by bad snaps or penalties.
“When we get into the end zone, we seem to shoot ourselves in the foot and go the wrong way,” Pebblebrook coach Tommy Macon said.
Pebblebrook played its best game of the season last Friday in their region opener against McEachern, even though the Falcons came up short 30-23.
First-year quarterback Dezmond Huntley had two touchdown passes of 56 and 54 yards to Shauntez Smith and Justin Sims and rushed for an additional touchdown late in the third quarter to cut the Indians’ lead to 23-20.
But it was a costly fumble on a punt that led to McEachern’s game-winning score.
“Our main goal is to score some points,” Macon said. “The key for us is running the ball. A light came on last week (against McEachern). If we do what is asked of us, we can play some good football.”