By David Purdum / For the AJC
It’s been four years and 40 games since Sandy Creek lost a regular-season game.
The Patriots fell 28-27 in double overtime at East Coweta to open the 2009 season.
Sandy Creek heads to East Coweta on Friday, looking to put together its best performance of season. Patriots coach Chip Walker gives his team a “C” grade, after their first two games. Turnovers on offense and surrendering big plays on defense have hindered Sandy Creek, Walker said.
“We’ve got to cut out some early-season mistakes,” said Walker, who will be looking for his 90th win career win. “We need to start clicking altogether.”
After the 2009 loss at East Coweta, Sandy Creek won its next 39 regular-season games, before opening this season with a 27-27 tie against Florida power Plant High School. The Patriots rebounded to hammer Newnan. Walker says recruiters from Georgia, Auburn and Georgia State were in the stands for the Newnan game.
Clash of the Titans: Two perennial powers collide Friday, when No. 2 Carrollton hosts AA’s top-ranked team, Calhoun. Both teams are undefeated and have combined to win nine state titles and 46 region championships. Carrollton coach Rayvan Teague is 209-67-1 in his career. Calhoun coach Hal Lamb is 164-44.
Offense wanted: Two Region 6 teams are looking for their first wins and first points of the season. South Atlanta has opened with consecutive shutout losses to Lithonia (36-0) and Towers (44-0). The Hornets will try to get going against Maynard Jackson at Grady Stadium. Redan, after falling 46-0 to Troup and 56-0 to Shiloh, will try to make progress against Cedar Grove at Hallford Stadium.
Big test: No. 3 Burke County faces its biggest test so far, when the Bears host Coffee of AAAAA. Burke County hasn’t given up a point this season, but has played only one official game, a 55-0 blowout of Hephzibah. Coffee is 2-0 with convincing wins over Whitewater and Ware County.
Final score: Northside-WR 28, Westside, Macon 14 — Westside QB DaQavious Walker passed for 315 yards rushed for 87 yards. Northside is No. 3 in AAAAA. Westside is No. 9 in AAAA.