The Carrollton High School football team is set for its first true road test of the season, and Sean Calhoun is making sure his ballclub isn't looking beyond tonight's trip to Cartersville.
The first-year Trojan head coach stressed that his guys can ill-afford to overlook the 7:30 p.m. contest against Woodland with a huge home date against Rome looming next week.
So all the focus leading up to this evening's kickoff has been geared toward the Wildcats and taking care of business in Cartersville.
"The preparation's been good and now we've just got to travel well," Calhoun said. "We've got to be mature with how we travel and understand that this is a business trip. We're going up there for one thing and that's to win."
The No. 3 Trojans (3-0, 1-0 Region 7-AAAAA) dominated East Paulding last week in the region opener and are seeking a similar performance tonight, just minus some of the penalties that had the coaching staff rather irritated.
Calhoun said the team got plenty of reminders about those penalties this week in practice.
"It was addressed by their legs being attached to their brains," Calhoun said. "We added a little conditioning for them, and it's always good to get a little conditioning in. The biggest thing is we just wanted them to understand how big that will impact a game that's close. Last week it didn't because the game was not close. But games are going to start getting close, and we're expecting a close game Friday. So we've got to clean that up."
The Wildcats (0-4, 0-2) haven't had much success this season and dropped their first two region matchups by a combined score of 72-7 in setbacks to Cass and Villa Rica over the past two weeks, respectively. But Calhoun said anytime you go up against a triple-option attack, you've got to be on your toes and ready to roll.
"Without a doubt. We aren't worried about their record. We're just focused on them this week. We know we're going to get their best," Calhoun said. "We know offensively we might not get that many possessions. You've got to be assignment-sound. Going up against the option is different."
Along with tonight's road trip, Carrollton is also gearing up for the grind of the season after two open weeks through the first three games. From now on, the Trojans will be suit up every Friday night for a region battle through Nov. 4 and then hopefully beyond that in the postseason.
"Without a doubt. Every game from here on out is so important because it's the bearings on the state playoffs. The kids understand that and they're excited for the challenge," Calhoun said. "I just hope that the Trojan Nation lives up to its name and travels well. Hopefully, it will feel like a home game an hour and a half away."
Tonight's contest will broadcast live on KISS 102.7 FM.