The Central Christian Crusaders will have revenge on their minds tonight when they travel to Holy Ground for a GICAA Final Four matchup at 7:30 p.m. in Roopville.
In a matchup between the two 8-man football teams earlier this year, Holy Ground came to the Central campus and rolled to a 60-12 victory.
According to Central head coach J.D. Farlow, this is not the same team that fell behind earlier and never got its offense on track in the first meeting with Holy Ground.
Since losing to Holy Ground, Central has won six games in a row.
“Our offense started clicking and our quarterback Ryley Byers is a lot more comfortable back there,” Farlow said.
Running backs Mike Bell and Evan Castaneda have also turned into productive rushers for the Crusaders.
“After the Holy Ground game, we changed the blocking assignments to fit more what our guys could do,” Farlow said. “That has certainly helped.”
Central comes into the contest with an 8-3 record, including last week’s 52-48 playoff victory over Unity.
Holy Ground enters the playoff contest with a 9-0 record, including last week’s 49-7 win over Peachtree Academy.
However, the confidence level has really grown among the Central football team, and they have long forgotten the poor showing in the first meeting between the two schools.
“We know we are going to have to be ready,” Byers said. “We are going to have to play smart and play hard.”
Center A.J. Whiteside knows it will take a nearly perfect game by the Crusaders in order to pull the upset.
“We have to control the football, and we can’t make mistakes,” he said.
The winner of tonight’s Central and Holy Ground contest plays the winner of Hearts Academy and Solid Rock Academy.