FOOTBALL: Wolves sticking to game plan despite leading 7-5A
The Rome Wolves may have found their way into the driver’s seat of Region 7-5A, but that doesn’t mean they’re changing their original course.
After its 49-7 win over Villa Rica last Friday, Rome learned of Carrollton’s 34-14 win over Kell, which put the Wolves, Carrollton and Kell in a three-way tie for first in the region.
Rome owns the advantage under the region’s tiebreaker rules, meaning a win tonight over East Paulding and next week at Woodland would give the No. 5-ranked Wolves their first region title in a decade. It’s a great opportunity for head coach John Reid in just his second season at Rome, but it doesn’t change the approach he and his staff have had since the start of the season.
“We are just trying to keep the same approach,” Reid said. “This region has so many quality football teams, so you can play a great team on any given night.
Once you get in region play in
Georgia, you’re basically in postseason play.”
The Wolves have been on an absolute tear since
starting the season 1-2 after losses at Kell and Harrison. Rome has won five straight games, all of them by double digits and four of them by 30 points or more.
The constant has been an offense led by quarterback Knox Kadum, running backs Jamious Griffin and Jalynn Sykes, and a sturdy offensive line. The Wolves have scored more than 40 points each time out during the win streak, partially because of great field position.
Despite the big wins, Reid has instructed his team to stay humble and not only to stay focused in the final two region games, but to continue to improve heading into the playoffs.
“That’s the battle, keeping the kids focused for the postseason,” Reid said. “There’s some things that can be said about things being said on social media, but we have a saying around here: when all is said and done, a lot more is said than done.”
Tonight, Rome welcomes East Paulding to Barron Stadium, a school Reid is all too familiar with. He coached the Raiders from 2006 through 2011, turning a team that had never been to the playoffs into a contender for state championships.
East Paulding lost its first five games this season before rallying back to win its last three, but the Raiders still have a shot to take the region’s No. 4 seed and make the playoffs.
While he has good memories of his time coaching in Dallas, Reid hopes to treat East Paulding the same as every opponent.
“We won 60 games in six seasons there, so there’s definitely some pride there,” Reid said. “But right now, it’s just another school standing in our way of winning the region.”