Coach James Teter said the morning workouts have kept a routine for the players and allowed them to practice before it became too warm outside.
All the while, the Chiefs have labored with a goal.
In 2012, Sequoyah entered its third game of the season 1-2 — just like it will Friday night.
The opponent, Riverwood, is the same, too.
What Teter hopes changes is the outcome.
Last season, the Chiefs ran out of time after giving up 20 unanswered points and fell to the Raiders 20-14 at Skip Pope Stadium.
It won’t be easy for Sequoyah to rewrite history in Sandy Springs.
Running an option offense that features quarterback Grant Drakeford as a central player, Riverwood (3-0) has a lot of speed and is physical up front.
“We’ll have our hands full,” Teter said. “I mean, they are pretty good. They are 3-0 right now. The coach over there has done a really good job. They are excited and they play hard. We will have our hands full.”
The Region 7AAAAA crossover game doesn’t have any immediate implications as far as the standings are concerned, but it would be a factor in a potential tiebreaker down the road, such as the one the Chiefs found themselves in last season.
“It’s the reason we got fourth last year instead of third,” Teter said, “so it can happen. We have told our kids that it’s just as important as any other game we play. It’s a region game, whether it’s subregion or crossover or whatever. It’s a game within our region, so we want to play well with people in our own region.”
In the two weeks since Sequoyah last played in a loss to Cherokee, it’s been business as usual. The players have been working to correct mistakes that were made, but the first test won’t come until Friday.
“We were in the same situation last year and it kind of took them another loss to get them to wake up,” Teter said. “Hopefully, this group won’t follow in those same footsteps. They seem to have been pretty focused this week on what we are doing.”
So far, several things have been working for Sequoyah.
Running backs Adam Patterson, Jake Garner and Blake Miller have proved capable of moving the ball, with the trio combining to score nearly all of the Chiefs’ touchdowns. Also near the top of the chart of rushing leaders is quarterback Lex Lauletta.
While Nick Falco, Peter Rohan and Jordan Riddle lead the Chiefs’ defense in tackles, Teter is looking for a few more players to step up.
“There has been improvement,” Teter said. “We just need to see what they are going to do in the game situation.”