While Stockbridge (4-1) has the historical advantage (the Tigers have won the last five meetings and held the Golden Eagles to single digits), Eagle’s Landing (4-1) may have a little more momentum due to a three-game winning streak.
“This week really starts our season because this is our sub-region play and what it is all based on,” Eagle’s Landing coach Joe Teknipp said. “We’re looking at it as if we’re 0-0.”
Last Friday, the Golden Eagles defeated Riverdale 31-10.
“The defense really showed up,” Teknipp said. “We’ve been trying to preach that all summer and they’re really starting to grasp the concept of team defense so we are real excited about that.”
As far as the offense, Bradley Dewberry threw three of his four touchdown passes to Tyler Guice and Corey Holloway rushed for 114 yards.
“Being 4-1 is really cool,” Teknipp said. “We’re trying not to think about it too much because we are learning how to win.”
Last season, the Golden Eagles were 0-5 entering this game.
Unlike last year, Stockbridge comes into this contest after a 35-14 loss to Griffin last Friday.
Malik Bryan rushed for a touchdown and Kendarius Webster returned a kickoff 68 yards to the end zone but quarterback Malachi Brown turned the ball over five times.
“I’m going to preach to my kids that if he does make a mistake we got to make him pay for it,” Teknipp said. “We can’t let him off the hook.”
Griffin was the first team to reach double digits in scoring against Stockbridge this season.
“Since they have a really good defense, we just have to prepare by going hard at practice each day,” Dewberry said.
“We’re looking forward to the challenge of playing against their defense,” Teknipp said. “We have to be patient and take what they give us--not force anything. I think it’s going to be one of those classic games.”