It has been a brutal stretch for Chad Frazier's squad as of late and it doesn't get any easier this week.
The Villa Rica High School head football coach will lead his troops into a third consecutive contest against a top-10 foe when the Wildcats travel to fifth-ranked Rome for Friday night's 7:30 region affair.
Akin to playing in the SEC West of college football, Frazier's ballclub is trying to navigate a stretch of playing the best teams in Class AAAAA that Georgia has to offer, all whom happen to be in the same region.
The Wildcats are looking to overcome a 42-13 loss to No. 6 Carrollton two weeks ago and last week's 50-0 setback at No. 3 Kell, a game where they couldn't garner any momentum.
"We came out a little flat to start with," Frazier said. "We were not able to play defense well as they scored on almost every possession. Offensively, we had trouble moving the football and anytime we did, we'd negate it with penalties or turnovers. We've been spending these first couple of days this week just trying to fix our mistakes and do a better job of executing our assignments."
Villa Rica (4-4, 3-3 Region 7-AAAAA) will have to figure out its execution quickly to stand the chance of going toe-to-toe with region powerhouse. The Wolves (5-2, 4-1) are holding opponents to an average of roughly 15 points per game and are led senior linebacker Jaylen Griffin. The Virginia Tech commit is a three-star prospect, according to 247 and Rivals.com, and is a nightmare to opposing offenses. The Wolves also feature defensive end Adam Anderson, a University of Georgia commit.
Frazier understands the daunting road challenge ahead, but he won't let their status as the No. 5 team in the state throw off the Wildcats' preparation. Villa Rica has beaten Rome multiple times during his tenure and the fourth-year head coach believes they can run with the Wolves if they eliminate the errors that have plagued them these past few weeks.
"They're a solid bunch who's having a great season. We understand it'll be tough," Frazier said. "However, I've been emphasizing to our guys that we'll prepare for them like we prepare for everyone else. We normally play Rome really well and are 2-1 against them since I've been the head coach here. Obviously, they're a different team this year like we're a different team this year. If we can fix up a lot of errors we made from last week, we feel like we can definitely hang with them."
Running back Elijah Fluker is quickly approaching 1,000 yards on the season and will need to come through with another outstanding performance to boost Villa Rica's chance at victory. The junior is averaging 5.6 yards per carry on the year and will be a key component in potentially penetrating the Rome defense.