For starters, Westlake, South Atlanta and Therrell will not be in action since it is their bye week. Then Creekside, Tri-Cities and Banneker will compete under the lights Thursday at Tara Stadium, The Doghouse and Panthersville Stadium, respectively, leaving the Friday night action to just Langston Hughes, Woodward Academy, Landmark Christian and Hapeville Charter.
(Banneker was originally scheduled to be off this week but will make up last week's cancelled game against Redan due to a start-time issue.)
As far as Creekside, the Seminoles will enter their contest against Mt. Zion with a 4-0 record, thanks to a 66-14 win over Forest Park last Friday.
“It’s always good to get a victory,” Creekside coach Olten Downs said. “Our purpose was to be sound in all phases of the game. We felt like if we weren’t mentally focused they could’ve given us some problems so I was very proud of how the guys came out and performed.”
Dexter Knox rushed for 102 yards on eight carries for the Seminoles, who have dedicated their season to fallen teammate DeAntre Turman.
“Being perfect just shows how well we can handle adversity and fight through any kind of situation,” Downs said. “I’m just proud of how they’ve taken this platform we’ve been on and fought so far.”
Now the Seminoles are preparing for a desperate Mt. Zion team, which remained winless following a 49-22 setback to Starr’s Mill last week.
“I expect them to come out and give us everything they got,” Downs said. “Their playoff aspirations are still there so I don’t expect them to lay down for us. I expect their best shot as they try to get things turned around. It’s very important that we don’t overlook these guys as if we’ve arrived or we are better than what we are.”
Last season’s meeting went in Creekside’s favor, 50-0.
“Anytime you go on the road, you got to be good,” Downs said. “Anytime you go into somebody’s house, it is always a tough environment and you just got to be mentally focused on doing what you are supposed to do.”