Trojans close road stretch at Woodland

BY COREY CUSICK
THE TIMES-GEORGIAN

Closing out a stretch of three road games in four weeks, the Carrollton High School football team is focused on making another business trip this evening.

Settling in for a near-identical bus ride as last week's contest with this one being just a tad shorter upon heading to Woodland, Cartersville for the 7:30 p.m. Week 8 road rumble, Trojan head coach Sean Calhoun is seeking a duplicate effort and performance.

"We won't leave as early, but we'll take the exact same trek because we passed right by Woodland going to Cass. Our kids are a little familiar with that. It's another grass field, so it was good for us to play at Cass. Now we've just got to get ready for that," Calhoun said.

The No. 5 Trojans (5-1, 3-1 Region 7-AAAAA) had little trouble away from the comforts of Grisham Stadium last week, clobbering Cass in a 41-7 decision where the outcome was never in question.

Calhoun anticipates a tougher test tonight in facing a Wildcat squad that raced out to a 4-0 start on the season before running into a pair of formidable foes in Hiram and Rome.

But after several down years, including a 1-29 stretch from 2014-16, having four wins through six games has generated quite a buzz for Woodland (4-2, 2-2) and fourth-year head coach Tony Plott. Woodland is seeking only its second winning season in program history and the first since 1999, which was its second year playing football.

"They started the year off 4-0. That's a heck of a start. They do a really good job. You can throw on the film and you can tell that they're coached well, they know what they're doing and they have an agenda for doing their stuff," Calhoun said. "We've got to be able to execute our plays. When you face a team that has a taste of winning that they normally don't have, that can be dangerous. We know we're going to get their best shot and they're off to a heck of a start. We've just got to go up there and find a way to make some more plays than they do and come out on top for us."

The Wildcats still feature an option attack offensively, but they've added a few wrinkles to it this year.

"They're doing a little more spread stuff, but they're in the T-formation and they do a good job. They make every play look the same with a sweep and a trap and a quarterback keeper around the edge," Calhoun said. "If our guys are trying to find the ball and see where the ball is and not reading their keys and not reading their assignments, it could be a long night for us."

Rather than worry too much about his opponent, the Trojan head man reiterated that it's all about his ballclub and how it prepares through the week leading up to tonight's kickoff.

"Practice this week has been good. It's been focused. We know how hard it is to win a region game and then on top of that how hard it is to win a region game on the road," Calhoun said. "This will be back-to-back road trips for us, which we've talked about traveling maturely and staying focused."

Tonight's contest will broadcast live on KISS 102.7 FM.