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North Clayton fullback Marquis Sconiers (5) and quarterback Dennis Johnson is part of an Eagles’ offense that has producted only 22 points through the teams first three games.
In light of being shutout for the first time in 85 games, North Clayton coach Max Wiltz said some personnel changes and playing calling will take effect when the Eagles return to action after their bye week.
Wiltz, who handles most of the playing calling duties, said he will make few changes to “simplify the offense” .
“I take the blame for us trying to out think ourselves,” Wiltz said. “We are going to make a few personnel changes, and focus a little more and doing the things we do best. I think we were trying to do too much, and going away from our strengths.”
The Eagles’ 24-0 loss to Lovejoy Thursday at Tara Stadium was its first shutout loss since losing to Pebblebrook 10-0 on Sept. 27, 2003.
In its first three games, North Clayton has only scored 29 points, all but seven coming from the offense.
“I told the kids that Lovejoy is a good team,” Wiltz said. “We just outcoached ourselves on offense.”
FRIENDSHIP ON HOLD
Stockbridge coach Kevin Whitley and Spalding coach Nick Davis usually talk once a day. This week will be different.
Whitley said he doesn’t plan on calling his former college teammate until after Friday’s matchup between the teams in a big Region 4-AAA contest. It is the region opener for Stockbridge while Spalding opened last Thursday with a loss to Drew.
“We are best friends,” Whitley said. “I just want be calling him this week.”
The two played together at Georgia Southern. Whitley was a junior and Davis a freshman on one of the Eagles’ national championship teams.
In two previous matchup between the coaches, Whitley’s team has won both games.
NOT TOTALLY SIMILAR
Although both played at Georgia Southern, which is know for its triple option offense, Whitley said the two coaches employ slightly different approaches. Stockbridge is more of the triple option while he said Davis incorporates some Wing-T in his scheme.
“You would be surprised how different we are offensively,” Whitley said. “Some of it is the same. I don’t think one of us has the advantage over the other. It will still come down to running, blocking and tackling.”
Both of Whitley’s victories over a Davis-coached team came when he was at Creekside. Davis’ Columbia and Riverdale teams lost to Creekside.
Heading into Friday’s game against winless Morrow, Lovejoy has won 13 straight regular season games dating back to last season. The Wildcats are the defending Region 4-AAAA champions.
Union Grove quickly this week will try to find ways of punching up its offense after failing to generate the points it needed in a 13-10 loss to Whitewater.
The Wolverines, who play at Alcovy on Thursday, will have to work in haste.
“We’ve got a short week this week before we take on a very athletic Alcovy team,” Union Grove coach Paul Burgdorf said. Alcovy turned heads last week, rebounding after consecutive losses to pound Class AAAA runner-up from 2010 Starr’s Mill by a 47-31 score.
Lovejoy sophomore tight end Randy Anyanwu suffered a broken ankle and ligament damage near the end of the Wildcats’ win over North Clayton.
“He was scheduled to see the orthopedic surgeon today, and we’ve haven’t heard anything,” Lovejoy coach Al Hughes said Monday evening.