Heritage and Northwest Whitfield clash Friday night with a lot on the line. It's the final regular season game. Time to dive in and see what each team is fighting for.
Dalton blew out Northwest Whitfield 73-7 early in the season. But that game served as a turnaround for the Bruins. Head coach Josh Robinson explained, "It really motivated our guys to play better. And the things we were not as sharp on at practice. It really emphasized to our guys what can happen really quickly."
Northwest (7-2) has only lost one time since the Dalton game. With a win Friday night against Heritage, the Bruins win the region.
That would be the first time since 2000. "You know it's a really big deal. We talk about it every year as one of our goals," Robinson said.
If the Bruins come up short, they're still in the playoffs but at the four spot and on the road. And these two teams are quite similar. "Our work's going to be cut out for us, it's certainly going to be easy. It's going to be a big challenge and we're going to have to play well to come out on top," Robinson noted.
This game also means a lot to Heritage. With a win, the Generals get the two seed in the playoffs and get to host. Head coach E.K. Slaughter said, "I hope our guys are excited about the opportunity to play at home again if we can pull out the win. If we can win this week, we can finish with the second most wins we've had here before. There's a lot on the line for us as well."
Sam Randolph has been a key playmaker for the Generals this season. Look for Heritage to turn to him. But, if the Generals lose, they're still in the playoffs but on the road. "For us, we just want to play at home again. Our senior night was in a monsoon in a mud bowl. I know they had some fun, but I want our guys to have another game here and good weather with a big crowd," Slaughter said. He added he thought this could be a down to the wire game with a key play being the outcome.