There's nothing quite like nailing down the first victory of the season and now that the Bowdon High School football team has crossed that off the checklist, it'll strive to keep the positive momentum moving forward.
Of course, this would be an opportune time for the Red Devils to get a streak going as they begin Region 6A-A play this Friday when they hit the road for a 7:30 p.m. showdown at Trion.
When the Bowdon coaches and players board the bus for their first away game of the year this week, they hope to carry with them some of the shine from last Friday's 28-0 shutout victory versus Greenville.
Playing their third consecutive game within the home confines of Warren P. Sewell Field, the Red Devils (1-2) were able to get the production in all three phases of the game that was lacking in their first two bouts of the regular season. Both Kyle Franklin and Zaylin Wood punched in a touchdown for the Red Devils, while senior DeDe Cox had a stellar night on both sides of the football, picking up a 50-yard touchdown run offensively and taking a 68-yard pick-six to the house to ice the game in the fourth quarter.
Red Devil head coach Robert Andrews was pleased with how his squad came out strong versus the Patriots.
"We played really well on defense Friday and it set us up really well offensively," Andrews said. "It was nice to get a shutout and that speaks well to how well our entire team played."
Now that win No. 1 is out of the way for Andrews and his Bowdon players, they'll look for win No. 2 when they travel to face a veteran Trion team this Friday. Having defeated the Bulldogs by a 37-18 margin just a season ago, the Red Devils will run into several of those same faces as over 20 seniors have returned to the Trion roster this fall. Despite their opponents suffering a 35-14 setback versus Bremen last Friday, Andrews is well-versed in what the Bulldogs (2-1) will bring at Sam R. McCain Memorial Stadium on Friday.
"They play a good, physical brand of football," Andrews said. "They return their quarterback (Jarrett Gill) and their fullback (Logan Blevins) and they're both very good football players. They have a big, strong offensive line and overall, they're a well-coached, hard-nosed football team."
With nothing but Region 6A-A contests to prepare for from now until the end of October, the Class A Power Rating and postseason positioning will really start to heat up for Bowdon when it takes the field against Trion. When the season is all said and done, the Red Devils want to be standing at the top of the region and the path toward that goal begins on Friday.
"One of our goals is to win the region, so each region game is of vital importance to us," Andrews said. "We want to open our region schedule with a win."