West Forsyth travels to Centennial this week to get region play started in a newly realigned Region 6-AAAAA. The last team to win the region and still currently in the region is Roswell who won it in 2005. This region is wide open and newcomer West Forsyth looks to make an impact.
Last season West Forsyth was only able to go 6-4 while playing in Class 3A. This season, after making a jump up two classes, the Wolverines have adeptly handled the bump up in competition. There to welcome the Wolverines to Class 5A were the Harrison Hoyas. The Hoyas, who have a very storied past, were not able to do anything with the Wolverine defense as they were shutout and West Forsyth won 13-0. The defense, led by linebacker Dustin Gayton and defensive lineman Jake Tatum, was at it again week two allowing only 17 points to Cherokee en route to a 42-17 beat down.
After a loss to Etowah, West Forsyth was given a shot of reality to get them ready for region play. Coach Frank Hepler, entering his fourth season as a head coach and all of them with West Forsyth, knows that teamwork will help his undersized team in Class 5A play, “There is a lot of teamwork going on right now. That will hopefully carry through the entire season.”
Centennial comes into the game looking to get their season back on track. After going to the playoffs last season and losing in the first round to North Gwinnett, the Knights have started the 2010 season in disappointing fashion. Despite trouncing Campbell 36-0 to start the season, the Knights dropped their next two games to North Cobb and Carrollton.
“West is a new school with a young group of kids," said Measor about the Wolverines. "But they have a tremendous coaching staff and they have a group of kids who play very hard and they will be a very tough team to beat. Hopefully our kids are ready to play and match West's intensity level.”
Intensity could be an issue for the Knights, who are celebrating Homecoming Friday night.
"This week is homecoming for us, and with homecoming comes the normal weekly distractions," said Measor about Homecoming week. "As a coach, you really try to keep the kids focused on the game at hand, and limit the off the field stuff as much as possible. However, it is a slippery slope because you want to encourage the student body who is trying their hardest to support the football team."
This week offers both teams a chance to get the region schedule started on a high note.
Contributors: Stephen Black