Fortunes have been on an upward trajectory lately for Davis Russell's squad and it'll have an opportunity to move even further up the sub-region standings this week.
The first-year Bremen High School head football coach will lead his troops into the final home game of the regular season when the Blue Devils play host to Adairsville in a 7:30 tussle at Redding Field on Friday night.
A win and a Sonoraville loss to Calhoun will put the Blue Devils in a position to vie for at least a share of the sub-region title the following week.
After a slow start out the gate, the Blue Devils (4-3, 1-1 Region 6-AAA South) have been rolling for the past month under Russell's direction. Aside from a seven-point loss to Sonoraville, the Blue Devils have taken four of their last five contests, including a 31-0 beat down at rival Haralson County this past Friday. Russell attests this success to the simple week-to-week mindset of the team.
"We've been telling our guys all year to get better every week," Russell said on Monday. "It's just simply a matter of coming in and trying to be better than the week before and our kids have certainly shown that."
The Blue Devils welcome a young Adairsville squad that's had a rough go of things since South Region play began. The Tigers (2-5, 0-2) have dropped their last two games by a combined score of 64-3. But don't tell that to Russell, who understands the danger this Tiger team presents.
"Adairsville has a really good team," Russell said. "They're really big up front on defense that's anchored by two long-armed defensive ends. Offensively, they run multiple formations and have several dynamic players at the skill positions. They graduated 27 guys last year and are a team that's still learning, but they're definitely scary."
The last home game of the season means Senior Night for Bremen.
It will also mean the last opportunity for the home crowd to see standouts such as Kyle Bailey, Dylan Pearson and Logan Johnson, among others, suit up for the Blue Devils on their home turf. Russell commended his seniors on their dedication this year, especially with enduring an offseason coaching change and everything that comes with that transition.
"Being my first year as head coach, I inherited these group of seniors. These guys have bought all in to what we've sold them. We can't appreciate these guys enough as a staff and hopefully we can send them out on Senior Night victorious," Russell said.
Friday night's contest will broadcast live on Great Classics 98.9 FM.