They had reached their bye week.
Just two of the county’s six teams will be in action this coming week — both members of Region 7AAAAA. As Creekview hosts Northview, Sequoyah will travel into Sandy Springs to play at North Springs.
The remaining four teams — Cherokee, Etowah, River Ridge and Woodstock — will get some much-needed time off.
Etowah can certainly use the time to regroup. While the Eagles (6-0, 3-0 Region 5AAAAAA) held off Milton to remain undefeated, they have some off-field issues to handle.
Coach Dave Svehla declined to comment on whether or not quarterback John Oliver or running back Brandon Engle would be returning to the lineup any time soon. Etowah had three starting players suspended for Friday’s game, and while Svehla declined to confirm that the two offensive standouts were among the barred players, they were clearly not on the field.
“We’ll see. I’m not really a liberty to say,” Svehla said of Oliver and Engle. “I would rather keep that (to myself).”
The week off will give Svehla more time to ponder those players’ fate, and allow sophomore quarterback Ryan Grigsby time to develop. The week could also go a long way toward healing bumps and bruises, although senior defensive back Ben Rowell will miss at least a couple more games with his broke arm.
With a 1-5 record, some might say River Ridge is most in need of the extra time to practice. Coach Robert Braucht said his team will certainly make sure of the time, but aside from not facing an opponent next Friday night, it will be much like the rest of the season.
“We don’t have any minor injuries, so one week off doesn’t do much,” Braucht said. “The stuff we are dealing with need surgeries to fix, not time. We will be continuing on fundamentals. We will continue to work on what we work on every day — fundamentals.”
Of the four teams not playing next week, Cherokee is the only one which might wish to have it another way.
The Warriors (3-3, 1-2 Region 5AAAAAA) are coming off their first region victory since 2010. Their defense was stout in beating Woodstock, and the offense put up 35 points on just 290 yards. They also benefited from a kickoff return by Andrew Harris.
Getting right back to work, Sequoyah will try to shake off a tough subregion loss to Creekview.
The Chiefs (3-2, 0-1) had been a favorite to win the northern half of Region 7AAAAA, but that just got a little more difficult. Only the subregion winners are assured a spot in the state playoffs, while the next three teams in each subregion will have to play for their opportunities at the state playoffs.
Currently Northview, Creekview and Forsyth Central all sit at 1-0 in subregion play, Northview and Creekview playing next Friday. A win for the Grizzlies would put them in the driver’s seat for the subregion title.