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Jonesboro quarterback Cedric Nettles said the team will be ‘focused’ on Mundy’s Mill this week as the Cardinals look to improve to 6-0 in the region.
There will more than likely be a special buzz around Jonesboro this week, and it’s not only because the team is 5-0 for the first time in school history after last week’s dramatic overtime win over Riverdale.
It is homecoming week, which probably means Cardinals coach Tim Floyd and his staff will have to work extra hard in keeping the team focused while many off-field activities are happening around the school and community.
“That is our main topic this week,” Flody said before Monday’s practice. “I think we have their attention, especially after what happened last season.”
Floyd was making reference to last season’s 26-7 loss, its worst of the season, to Mundy’s Mill. That loss put the Cardinals out of the playoff race.
“We have to keep all the distractions out of the way,” senior quarterback Cedric Nettles said. “This is a big game for us. We know the task at hand.”
And the main focus will not be to overlook a 1-5 Mundy’s Mill team in anticipation of next week’s showdown with Lovejoy.
If both teams win Friday, next week’s game will be huge because the winner will take sole possession of first place in the region.
But neither team wants to talk about the upcoming matchup.
“Our focus is on Mundy’s Mill,” Nettles said.
“You just have to take them one game at a time, and every thing will fall into place,” Lovejoy wide receiver/defensive back Rico McWilliams said.
OLA GAINS WIN
Henry County self-reported to the Georgia High School Association that it used some ineligible players in its Aug. 26 win over Ola in the season-opener for both teams, according to the Georgia High School Football Daily.
The GHSA also told the online publication that Henry County also played ineligible players against Eagle’s Landing Christian but lost 23-14.
With the Ola loss, which was a non-region game, the Warhawks fall to 2-3 overall heading into Friday’s game against Stockbridge.
GHSA spokesman Steve Figueroa said Henry County would not be further penalized because it self-reported the incident.
“Henry County diligently investigated the matter in-house and self-reported with full disclosure, so there are no additional penalties to the school from the GHSA,” Figueroa said.
Saturday’s game against Tri-Cities was a special time for McWilliams as he was named the school’s homecoming king at halftime.
But it was his play on the field, especially in the closing moments that showed why several colleges have made scholarship offers.
On Tri-Cities’ last pass attempt of the game, McWilliams, who has committed to South Carolina, made a hit on a Bulldogs’ receiver that jarred the ball loose for an incompletion to secure the 24-20 win to improve the team to 5-0 on the season.
“I had to step up,” McWilliams said. “The whole team stepped up. I really didn’t get too much involved in homecoming activities because I wanted to concentrate on the game.”
For the second straight season, Drew upset a ranked opponent. The Titans defeated No. 9 Stockbridge at Southern Crescent Stadium in a key Region 4-AAA contest. Last season, the team upset Eastside on the road.
However, the team played with what coach Jarrett Laws called a “heavy heart” after learning that former teammate Marquis Magwood was seriously injured in an automobile accident earlier in the day in south Florida.
“We were playing with heavy hearts,” said Laws after Friday’s game. “There was a strange mix of emotions out there.”
Floyd is glad he listened to his assistant coaches, and allowed senior kicker Shivnarine Ramcharan to play this week.
Ramcharan kicked an extra-point in overtime to give the Cardinals a 31-30 win over Riverdale in a region game.
Ramcharan played two seasons ago as a freshman, but took his sophomore and junior season off to concentrate on soccer. He has been practicing with the team this season, but had yet to play in a game.
Floyd said he had no worries about putting Ramcharan in that type of pressure situation on Friday.
“He probably didn’t realize it, the pressure of the that was involved,” Floyd said. “He was hurt at the beginning of the season. The coaches told me that he was ready to go last week.”