Eagles opponent harder than record

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 27, 2007

THOMASTON &8212; Week 5 of the Alabama High School Athletic Association football season is dedicated to non-region games across the state.

Depending on what kind of coach you talk to, the week is either a breather or team tester at the halfway point of the season. For the A.L. Johnson Eagles it will likely be the later, as they face 2A Georgiana High School.

What the Panthers of Georgiana don&8217;t have right now is a winning record, which may lead some to think the game will be a cakewalk for the one-loss Eagles. Georgiana, meanwhile, is straddling the fence at 2-2, but records can be deceiving.

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They are also coming in looking for redemption after their second loss of the season last week. Of course, the 27-13 loss came against 2A No. 1, Leroy High School, which is heading to Sweet Water this week to face the Bulldogs.

Jones is looking for a versatile offense to come into his stadium Friday. He said the Panthers run out of the I-formation in the slot and a spread system out of Shotgun. Further, adding to the Eagles&8217; defensive troubles is that the panthers drive on the ground 60 percent of the time and go to the air 40 &8212; a big mix for any high school team.

Jones said he hopes to use this game to get some of his younger players experience heading into the game against the Bulldogs, as well as provide time to straighten out some attitude problems he perceives on the team.