Chapel Hill will be looking to string together consecutive wins for the first time in 27 games as the Panthers open their Region 5-AAAA schedule tonight.
The Panthers travel to Troup coming off a big 19-16 win at Whitewater last week. Chapel Hill hasn’t won consecutive games since the 2013 season when the Panthers defeated Douglas, B.E.S.T. Academy and Haralson County.
It was also the last season that the Panthers reached the state playoffs.
“We a little momentum after last week’s game,” Chapel Hill coach Justin DeShon said. “We are hoping to string two wins in a row. Troup has a good football team, and it will be a good test for us. It is another step in the process as we had a good week of practice.”
Players say last week’s win at Whitewater was definitely a confidence builder as the Panthers improved to 2-1-1 on the season. Whitewater came into their homecoming game undefeated with a 3-0 record.
“It was a huge win for us,” said Panthers quarterback Jadon Walker, who combined for 299 yards and accounted to two touchdowns. “This game against Troup is even bigger for us. Defeating Whitewater is hopefully a momentum shift for us. We are going into this region game with a good record. We are looking to make some moves this season.”
There are seven teams in Region 5-AAAA, and four of those teams will qualify for the state playoffs at the end of the regulars season.
Troup was idle last week, which allowed them to get some rest. The Tigers are hoping the week off didn’t slow its momentum. After opening the season with a loss to Hardaway, Troup has won three consecutive games to improve to 3-1 overall.
“We’re pretty healthy, knock on wood,” Troup head coach Tanner Glisson said. “We’ve been blessed. We hit it so hard in the weight room in the offseason, and that has prevented a lot of injuries.”
Troup is led by Montez Crowe as the junior quarterback has passed for 835 yards and nine touchdowns with only two interceptions. Crowe’s favorite target has been freshman Kobe Hudson, who has 11 receptions for 378 yards. The Tigers are averaging 120 yards per game on the ground with Camren Russell leading the way with 257 yards and a touchdown.
“The win over Whitewater, which is higher classification team, gives us a lot of confidence,” Chapel Hill senior defensive back Datren Bray said. “It showed that we can play with anybody. We feel like we can finish in the top-3 in our region.”
Following tonight’s game, the Panthers will have a bye week next week before hosting Sandy Creek on Oct. 7 in a homecoming game. DeShon is hoping the schedule can work to his team’s advantage as they get an opportunity to rest and heal some minor injuries.
“It will be nice to get some rest,” DeShon said. “We have a lot of aches and pains since we have played for six straight weeks. We just want to keep some momentum going.”