Friday’s game at 7:30 p.m. against the No. 1 state-ranked Mount de Sales Academy Cavaliers is the start of the Crusaders’ three-game stretch against the Macon schools in their region — Mount de Sales, No. 3-ranked Stratford Academy and No. 5-ranked Tattnall Square Academy. They face all three in that order with MDS and Tattnall Square games coming on the road.
If any school needs some good fortune during this stretch, it’s GCHS. Last season, the three Macon schools beat a very good Crusaders team by a composite score of 149-32.
It doesn’t look to get any better for the young and raw 2011 Crusaders (0-4 overall, 0-1 region). Mount de Sales is currently 4-0 and has yet to play a region game. The Cavaliers are averaging 44 points per game, with only Flint River giving the team any kind of competition so far (losing 42-21). The Cavaliers have demolished the Brentwood School 42-6, Southland Academy 42-7 and most recently Trinity Christian-Dublin 49-0 last week.
“We’ll just have to go up to Macon and do our best to compete against them. I just pray that we don’t get any more of our guys injured,” said Crusaders head coach Bobby Brogdon, who said his son Dillan, the team’s starting quarterback, will undergo shoulder surgery today after being injured in a 55-0 loss to John Milledge Academy last week. “It’s not like we’re 50 or 60 deep over here.”
Dillan Brogdon is one of several casualties for Griffin Christian this season. With a whole new coaching staff and the amount of transfers, injuries and mistake-filled play, this has been one of the roughest football seasons in the school’s young history.
The Crusaders have been outscored 200-7 in four games and now they face the Macon schools in succession. The Oct. 14 bye date can’t come fast enough for the depleted, yet scrappy, Crusaders.
The Faith Christian Lions football team will have to put their unfortunate loss against Ballard Christian out of their minds and focus on traveling to Powder Springs to face another set of Lions — from Praise Academy — Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Independent Christian Schools of Georgia and Alabama (ICSGA) 8-man football action.
“This is another good team we’ll have to face on the road, so we’ll have to be ready,” said FCA head coach Teron Jones. “It’s going to be a tough one, that’s for sure.”
The Lions (2-2 overall, 1-2 ICSGA) will most certainly have to rely even more on running back Kelveyun Newton (10 TDs) Friday with the loss of starting senior quarterback James Yevick, who was injured against Ballard last week.
With an open date next week, the Lions can hopefully get some rest and Yevick will be one step closer to returning.
Skipstone Academy is the one local private school on a roll, winning its first-ever 11-man football game 18-13 against the home-schooled North Georgia Falcons last week. The Warriors are 3-1, winning three straight games after a 42-8 home drubbing to Appling Christian in the season opener.
Skipstone will be back in the friendly confines of Warriors Field on Friday, as it hosts Community Christian School at 7:30 p.m. The Warriors have been getting strong defensive play from a variety of players, especially senior Charence Wright, the team leader in tackles. Jamiro Winston has scored a touchdown in nearly every game this season on the offensive side of the ball for the Warriors.