The Griffin Christian Crusaders look to bounce back from their two-game losing streak today as they travel to McDonough to face the Creekside Christian Academy Cougars at 7:30 p.m.
In order for the Crusaders (1-2) to spoil Creekside Christian’s Homecoming game, they will have to push through the various injuries and tough it out to win their first Independent Christian Schools of Georgia and Alabama (ICSGA) South Division contest.
“This is a big game for us. It’s our first ICSGA game and we’d like to come out on top of the division,” said Crusaders head coach Bobby Brogdon.
The Crusaders have been beat up pretty badly during their last two games against Dominion Christian (a 53-32 loss) and Loganville Christian (42-0 loss). GC center Jake Foster and fullback Rusty Duffee will return to the lineup after getting hurt two weeks ago, but the Crusaders will be missing running back Donavan Adams (concussion) and lineman Josh Smith (arm), both of whom were injured last week against Loganville Christian.
“It’s hard to set up a game plan when you can’t field a full team to practice due to the injuries,” said Crusaders defensive and offensive coordinator Randy Wilson. “We’re constantly changing personnel on a regular basis.”
The Crusaders will host non-league foe Randolph Southern on Sept. 21 before hitting the road on Sept. 28 at ICSGA foe Calvary Christian and Oct. 5 at league foe Community Christian before their off week Oct. 12.
Elsewhere around the area this week, Skipstone Academy and Faith Christian Academy are both off today and both teams were concentrating on execution in practice this week.
• SKIPSTONE ACADEMY: The Warriors of Skipstone (1-4) finally broke their four-game losing streak to start the season and head coach Dan Salvador said the goal for the week was to shore up blocking assignments and work on team discipline.
“We were making mistakes like jumping offsides because we were so anxious to make plays and stop our losing streak,” Salvador said. “The guys worked hard this week and have looked good. Next week we will focus more on different snap counts and things like that.”
Skipstone (GFC East) hosts the Home School Depot Panthers, a GFC West team, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in their Homecoming Game.
• FAITH CHRISTIAN: FCA coach Jim McClelland said the Lions’ goal this week was working on the basic fundamentals — blocking and tackling. McClelland said if the Lions work harder on improving on the game’s fundamentals, it might lead to closer games in the first half. In both of the games the Lions (0-2) have played, they have been down by huge deficits at halftime, making the second half a mere formality.
FCA plays Philadelphia Christian on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.