Prior to the game against South Paulding, first-year head coach Scott Jones said his team would have its work cut out for them as the Spartans are a “talented and well coached team”.
Still holding strong to their third spot in the 5-AAAAA region, North Paulding has only lost one game, against East Paulding in their season opener, 38-17.
“We’re happy with our record, but we still need to improve. We work hard and take it one week at a time,” Jones said.
Going into this season, Jones said he felt there might be some issues with his team getting used to the change, but he said they have adjusted well to the new staff.
“The kids have bought into the philosophy and are more disciplined. They have a new staff now, everyone has bought into the plan and working together as a team,” said Jones, who came to North Paulding after two seasons as an assistant at North Cobb.
Prior to playing the Spartans, North Paulding averaged 34 points a game. The Wolfpack have passed for 1,110 yards, averaging 12.6 yards per completion, with 16 passing touchdowns. They have rushed for 970 yards off 167 attempts, with eight rushing touchdowns..
Jones named two players as big playmakers on the field — running back Cornelius Collins and quarterback Chase Noonan.
Noonan has completed 79 of 119 passing attempts for 1,009 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also has rushed for 340 yards, averaging six yards per carry, for one touchdown. Noonan has a quarterback rating of 175.8.
“He’s very competitive and stays very focused. He’s not a big guy, but he throws and runs bigger than he is,” said Jones about his quarterback. “The team rallies around him. He’s a great leader.”
Collins had 19 receptions for 289 yards, and is averaging 15.2 yards per catch with two touchdowns. His longest catch was for 66 yards. Collins also had rushed 57 times for 362 yards, averaging 6.4 yards per carry, with four touchdowns. His longest carry was for 60 yards.
Before the season started, Jones said he didn’t “have a whole lot of kids with a whole lot of skill,” but he had “a whole lot of kids with a whole lot of heart.” From the stats and the record, the Wolfpack has enough skill and “heart” to compete with anyone in the region.
This Friday, Oct. 12, they will host the Rome Wolves for Homecoming.