But to close out the non-region schedule with a .500 record is nothing to be ashamed of and Landmark has a good chance to spoil Mt. Paran’s home opener even though this will be the War Eagles first trip to the school.
Despite 134 yards rushing and a touchdown reception from Kyle Trammell, Mount Paran lost 24-6 to Brookstone and dropped to 0-2 this season. The Eagles also had three turnovers and surrendered two more big scoring plays of 92 and 72 yards. In its first game, Mt. Paran gave up four touchdowns of 42 yards or more against Our Lady of Mercy.
Another intriguing matchup this week involves former Region 4-AAAA opponents Tri-Cities and Creekside at The Swamp in Fairburn on Friday. The last time these two teams met there the Seminoles earned a 28-20 victory in 2010.
“It was a very physical game and it’s very important that we have a physical practice this week,” Creekside first-year coach Aaron Whittington said.
But last season, the Bulldogs raced past the Seminoles 35-12.
This past Friday, both teams evened their overall record to 1-1 with convincing victories. Creekside held Westlake scoreless for nearly four quarters en route to an 18-7 home win.
“Our defense came up huge,” Whittington said. “We got three takeaways. The guys were flying around—that is what we constantly preach to our guys.”
Evan Berry, who also plays quarterback, returned a kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
“Evan had a great game,” Whittington said. “It was definitely his best game of the year so far.”
Tri-Cities had an even more dominant performance, crushing Banneker 48-18 for its third consecutive win in the series.
“They got a lot of talent across the board,” Whittington said. “They got some beef on that front line and they are coached well.”
Whittington is referring to highly-recruited offensive lineman Shamire DeVine and Jeremi Hall and defensive tackles Dominique Threatt and Marcus Adams.
“There is a lot of talk of the run game but they have very capable receivers on the outside as well,” Whittington said. “We got to definitely make sure we play that correctly and also be good up front.”