Game of the week preview: Spencer at Callaway
For the Spencer Greenwave, it’s been nearly forty years in the making… back to back winning seasons. It’s something they haven’t achieved since 1976 and 1977 when they went 6-4 and 7-3 respectively. To say this season is special, is an understatement.
"I think they’re very much deserving to be in this spot," said head coach Pierre Coffey. "I think it’s great for our school and it’s great for our kids so we’re elated about being here."
This Friday is Spencer’s biggest test yet as they take on Callaway. But the Greenwave feel pretty prepared thanks to their non-region games against Carver and Crisp County earlier this year.
"Being through that type of adversity and experiencing those things early on in the season it gets your mind mentally ready," said running back Jaharee Mons. "Because football is a mental game."
They’ve handled adversity pretty well. They’re 6-2 on the year and undefeated in region play. A win this Friday would give them a lot of momentum heading into the playoffs.
"Yea know just having that home field advantage, being able to come to school and go play at Memorial and Kinnett and not have to travel and have your fans here to root you on," Coffey said.
The Cavaliers feel the same way and want nothing more than to lock up a region title and home field advantage.
"Yea know going in as the number one seed, you’ll play a four seed instead of a three seed and those two seeds can be completely different ball teams," said quarterback Dylan Johnson.
So far, the Cavaliers are perfect in the region and on the year, something that could be tough to handle, but the Cavaliers are instead embracing each week.
"It doesn’t add pressure but we do realize we have to take it very seriously," said linebacker Michael Freeman. "We’ve all been coming with our mindset right and ready to work."
Because the Greenwave will be a tough opponent and with a region title on the line, coach Pete Wiggins just wants his kids to do one thing.
"I just want 100% each week," he said. "We talk about leave everything on the field and the rest will take care of itself."
Callaway and Spencer kick off Friday, October 28th at 7:30pm.