However, the Eagles weren’t the only Cherokee County team to squeak out a win.
Woodstock’s one-point margin of victory over Lassiter not only shifted the momentum for the Wolverines, who had lost three in a row, but it shook up the Region 5AAAAAA standings a bit.
Etowah, Milton and Walton — all 2-0 in region play — remain atop the standings. Woodstock and Lassiter are tied at 1-1, while Roswell, Cherokee and Wheeler fell to 0-2.
Either Etowah or Milton will see their winning streak end this week as they face one another in a game that could decide the region championship.
As for those with 0-2 marks in the region, it’s perhaps most disappointing for Cherokee, which started the season with a pair of wins. The Warriors then lost a non-region game against North Forsyth before losing by one in their region opener against Lassiter, and by 24 against Walton on Friday.
Cherokee coach Josh Shaw said his team is looking at it as a five-game season from here out. The Warriors face Woodstock next.
“We have a lot of work to do if we have any aspiration of making the playoffs, but we are more concerned with just getting back and breaking a three-game losing streak and just getting a win against Woodstock,” Shaw said. “The disappointment is on an individual game basis, not the fact that we are 2-3 and have lost three in a row. We need to play better if we want to win the next one.”
Woodstock coach Brent Budde said his defense was a key part of the win over Lassiter, and he hopes they continue to step it up. Tyler Baggett was singled out as a player who is doing great things for the defense.
“He has a motor,” Budde said. “He is smart, so he understands screens mean this, runs mean this. On top of that, he is very strong physically and he’s also pretty fast.”
Creekview and Sequoyah won big in their Region 7AAAAA crossover games. Defensive execution was key for both teams, which will meet Friday night in their first subregion games.
Creekview coach Terry Crowder believes his team is improving each week on the field. The 54 points put up Friday against Osborne were the most the Grizzlies had scored this season. In fact, they nearly equaled their total for the previous three games combined.
Despite a big win over Sprayberry, Sequoyah coach James Teter saw plenty for his team to improve upon. The Chiefs again left points out on the field, failing to capitalize on opportunities handed to them by their opponent, and that’s a mistake they won’t want to make again this week against Creekview.
River Ridge, meanwhile, continued to experience deja vu. At 1-4, the Knights are in the exact spot they were a season ago.
In 2012, they won all four subregion games and made the state playoffs. Coach Robert Braucht was hoping his players would have won a few more games early in the year, but said that when it comes down to it, the season doesn’t start until his team travels to Cedartown on Friday.
“It’s those subregion games that you have to win,” Braucht said. “All of these other games just prepare us for the games we really need to win.”