That hasn’t made any difference to coach Frank Barden as he has tried to prepare the Canes for this Friday night and the ones that follow.
“Hopefully our mindset is going out each day and trying to get better,” Barden said. “It really doesn’t matter if you’re playing the best, the middle or the team with the worst record in the region. Our mindset should be that we need to get better and we need to try to get better today. There’s no doubt that how you play this week affects how you play next week and through the end of the season.”
Barden doesn’t change his approach even if the opponent is Sonoraville, which sports a 1-7 overall record and is winless in Region 5-AAA. Furthermore, the Phoenix is averaging scoring 15 points per outing and allowing 38 points. Those scoring marks are the lowest and highest marks in the region.
The four previous weeks Cartersville played Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, Gordon Central and Adairsville, all three of whom are among the region’s best squads. The Canes also had a bye week after the LFO contest.
On first glance, it might appear Sonoraville doesn’t have as much firepower as other region members, but the Phoenix has given indications the team has a very offensive side waiting to break out.
“They are doing a good job now,” Barden said. “They had a lot of injuries to start the season and a lot of their players are back.”
He noted Sonoraville challenged Adairsville two weeks ago, nearly spoiling the Tigers’ homecoming.
“You can have a good offense if you have a good quarterback, a good running back who you can throw to and some good receivers,” Barden said.
He said Sonoraville has all three.
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