So will LFO, for whom a state playoff bid and region title are both still within reach.
The Purple Hurricanes are 5-0 (2-0 in Region 5-AAA) and sport their region’s most productive offense, scoring 34 points per outing.
They have one of the region’s stingiest defenses, giving up 12 points per Friday night. They have wins over Darlington, Cass, Rockmart, North Murray and Coahulla Creek.
Despite losing their first game of the season over the weekend to Gordon Central, the Warriors (4-1, 1-1) remain very much in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Coach Todd Windham’s Warriors are scoring an average of 23 points per game while allowing 12 points.
The Warriors also will be trying to rebound from their first loss of the season, 28-6, to Gordon Central.
They have already collected wins over Gordon Lee; Heritage, Catoosa; Dade County and a big win over the Adairsville Tigers.
“We’ve started region play, and they have beaten Adairsville,” Cartersville coach Frank Barden said. “Gordon Cental is a good football team.”
He said so are the Warriors.
[LFO] is “a solid team that’s going to be there week in and week out,” according to Barden. “At the end [of the year], they’ll be one of the teams you’ll be competing against for a playoff spot.”
He said the Warriors bring a lot to the table — literally.
“They’re a big football team,” Barden said. “Their offensive line and defensive line are very big and just the size alone will be a big challenge for our kids.”
He said about four of the Warriors tip the scales around 300 pounds — one at 320 — and the Purple Hurricanes will see some of the players going both ways.
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