Central High School made the playoffs for the first time in decades last season.
A win Friday night would go a long way in jetting them into the post season once again. Suzanne Lawler stopped into the Charger practice to talk strategy.
Head Coach Jessie Hicks has worked not only to set the tone but turn the tide at Central. This seasons record is deceiving at 4-3. Two of those losses; one to Howard and an overtime loss to Westside were by three points or less.
Before the bye week, Central smacked Southwest 41-0. Hicks says he figured it might shake out this way during summer workouts.
“Every program in this region was pretty even keeled with talent,” Hicks said. “There was no superiority even with Peach being the superior team they’ve been in the past couple of years. Now that we get to the end of the season I think we’re seeing that.”
A win against Jackson would go a long way in Central repeating a playoff birth come November. That hasn’t happened since the ’96 and ’97 seasons.
“I think it would cement us in the playoffs and our kids have been ready the last two weeks,” Hicks said confidently. “It’s something we said coming out of the bye week after we got to losing to Peach. Right now, we’re in playoff mode and every game counts and the way our regions playing out and as crazy as its been there would be a five way tie for first place.”
And for that to happen, Hicks needs some of his key players to keep on doing that they’ve accomplished on the field.
“You’ve got Derrick that hasn’t had an interception, and you’ve got Chandler who has had over ten sacs,” he said.
It will play out on the field with both teams trying to snag a slot at the top of the 2 AAA region.