The Wolfpack already matched its win total from last season (eight), secured a home playoff contest to be played later this month and has a chance to claim its first-ever title in Region 5-AAAAA with a home win over Villa Rica on Friday.
“Every week we’re getting better and healthier,” head coach Scott Jones said. “You want to peak at the right time down the stretch. We’ve put ourselves in the position to win a region title and that’s exciting for our kids.”
The Wolfpack offense, which averages a region-high 44 points per contest, has been led by senior quarterback Chase Noonan, who had 460 yards passing and seven total touchdowns in a crucial 62-46 road win over Allatoona on Nov. 1. The signal-caller has thrown for 1,899 yards and 23 touchdowns with only three interceptions.
“Chase shows a lot of poise and the kids respond to his play,” Jones said.
North Paulding also has received strong contributions from running back Cornelius Collins who has a team-high 12 touchdowns.
“Cornelius is a tough runner who is selfless, blocks and does everything you’re looking for,” Jones said.
Receiver Kayden Bishop’s nine TD receptions lead the team with Max Seagle right behind him with eight. Cooper Corley and Cameron Banks solidify the offensive line.
The Wolfpack defense, giving up only 21 points per game, has received strong middle linebacker play from Jack Senkowitz and Bryant Myers, each of whom has more than 80 tackles on the year. Jace White’s 87 tackles are also among the team leaders. “Jace is one of those guys that the opposing offenses will scheme away from because he’s physical, makes presence felt and is highly motivated,” Jones said.
With several games left in the season, Jones still appreciates the Wolfpack’s season to date. North stood 8-1 and in line for the region’s top seed going into Friday’s game against Villa Rica.
“The kids are coachable, self-motivated and hard workers,” Jones said. “The core of the kids’ selflessness is noticeable. We want them to know how proud of them we are so far.”