Updated:DALLAS, Ga.,None — The Thursday Night High School Football game of the week for September 22nd is a matchup between the undefeated East Paulding Raiders and the 2-2, North Paulding Wolfpack.
Coach John Reid and his Raiders are currently 4-0 and they have crushed their first four opponents by an incredible score of 161-15. It's difficult to determine which side of the ball the Raiders have had better execution- an offense that puts up 40 points per contest or a defense that gives up just over a field goal a game.
Coach Reid told WSBTV.com that the need for East Paulding to win this game goes beyond trying to keep a perfect record in tact- "This game has huge playoff implications and since I've been at East Paulding (5th year), we have yet to lose a game within the county. We'd like to keep that going."
Coach Reid's keys to a Raiders victory against North Paulding on Thursday night are: "As always, you gotta block and tackle well and make sure you don't turn the ball over. Limit the big plays by the offense of the other team and you know, try to keep the chains moving when we are on offense. Hopefully we play well on both sides of the ball and we compliment each other by what we do. Our defense has to get good field position for the offense and add special teams to that and I think it makes the whole package, thats what we try to work on in practice."
On Thursday, the game can be seen at 7:30pm on Charter channel 126, Comcast channel 248 and also online at WSBTV.com. A re-air of the Thursday Night Game of the Week also runs Friday at 1:06 AM on WSB-TV, Channel 2.