For the Crusaders (1-6 overall, 0-3 ICSGA South), the season can at least be tolerated with a win over the Crown Athletics Knights (7-0, 3-0 ICSGA North) in their homecoming game at Nix Field tonight at 7:30 p.m. The Crusaders were off last week, while Crown knocked New Creation Christian from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 28-7 win last week.
Crusaders head coach Bobby Brogdon said Crown has a lot of players on its squad and they are a pretty tough team as well.
“We were rusty from our week off of practice, but I’m hoping we’ll be ready for Crown,” said Brogdon. “I am looking for our seniors to lead us in the right direction Friday.”
Seniors Case Wheeler said his goal was to make sure “we go out and have fun on the field” and senior Hunter Ott said the team must “move the ball and stay close throughout the game.”
Senior Matt Moore said the defense will have to come to play against a high-scoring Crown attack.
“We have to swarm to the ball. We have to keep coming and don’t quit,” Moore said. “We also have to hit them hard.”
Skipstone Academy (3-6 overall, 0-3 GFC East) at Augusta Prep (4-3 overall, 2-1 GFC East):
Turnovers and mental mistakes killed the Skipstone Academy Warriors’ chances of making the GFC playoffs this season, so in the Warriors' season finale the team has to settle for putting a damper into Augusta Prep’s season. Augusta Prep is part of a logjam in the Glory For Christ East standings (three teams have a 2-1 division record with one having a 2-2 record) so a win for Augusta would possibly vault them into a first-round bye, especially if Anderson loses. It’s a big game for both teams tonight in GFC East action at Augusta at 7:30 p.m.
“We have to fire off the line and play low because Augusta fires off the lines real well. We also have to limit the big pass plays,” said Warriors head coach Dan Salvador. “So for Augusta, we’ll be playing Jamiro Winston and Anthony Peavy at the corners and putting two safeties in the back.”
Offensively, since starting quarterback Alex Snider broke his collarbone last week in the final seconds at East Atlanta, Christian Salvador will be pressed into duty at the position. Coach Salvador said they’ll most likely run a lot more and he hopes they’ll limit the turnovers on offense.
Faith Christian Academy (3-2) at Westside Christian Academy:
The Faith Christian Academy Lions have won three straight games to get above .500 for the first time since they were 2-1 after the first three games of last season. They will try to keep the win streak going tonight as they face the Westside Christian Academy Warriors in independent 8-man football action.
The game will be played at Peach Recreational Park in Byron, Ga. at 7:30 p.m.
The Lions were a bit rusty early this week in practice after being off for a week, but FCA coach Jim McClelland Jr. said the team got back in the swing of things and if they execute well, they have a great chance of beating Westside. McClelland said the team will also play Crown Athletics in 11-man football Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. in Marietta, the first 11-man game in school history.