By Riley Hicks
This Friday’s game between the Sandy Creek Patriots and Creekside Seminoles puts two new head coaches to their first test. The Seminoles, who had a 5-5 overall record last season and missed the playoffs, start this season under new head coach Maurice Dixon. The Patriots, who finished 8-4 last season and advanced two games into the playoffs, are now led by longtime Sandy Creek defensive coach Brett Garvin.
“The kids have been focused and have had a great week of prep so far and it’s going to be an exciting game,” Garvin said.
The Patriots will be putting to the test a new offense this week and trying new things that they have run in practice. Along with their new offense, the team will be starting a new quarterback this season after senior Bryant Walker followed his dad to Newnan High School.
On defense, the Patriots will be focusing on trying to stop the Seminoles spread offensive style.
“They are giving their athletes a great chance to be successful and hopefully we can match up with them,” Garvin said.
Creekside brings back some strong running backs and a stout offensive line, so Sandy Creek’s defense will likely be challenged on the ground.
“We are going to have to play mistake free and take care of what they can take care of,” Garvin said. “Their athletes will make plays we just have to limit the big plays.”
The game is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m.