With two consecutive 3A Region 6 victories, the Sonoraville High School football team is picking up momentum towards a possible playoff berth.
And this Friday night, with a big road test at Adairsville, the Phoenix can turn that word possible into probable.
They are currently 2-2 in the league after putting 95 points on the board in their last two games, including a 48-7 slicing and dicing of Murray County last Friday night at the Furnace.
That .500 Region record puts head coach Denver Pate’s team squarely in the playoff hunt as the 2021 season enters the home stretch.
The game against Adairsville, which silenced Coahulla Creek, 20-10, last Friday is one in which the stakes are pretty big.
For the Phoenix, with a victory, they would move into a tie for third place in the region with Adairsville as both teams would stand 3-2 in the league. A win would also give Sonoraville the tiebreaker in any playoff tiebreaker scenario at the end of the year because they beat the Tigers.
Meanwhile for Adairsville, which is presently 3-1 in the league, by winning, they would stay within a game of Region front-runners Ringgold and Rockmart. They would also improve to 4-1 in the league, drop the Phoenix back below 500 in the standings and make pretty much every game they have left a must-win contest.
But Sonoraville is simply looking to put things together like they have the last two weeks, when they’ve truly had things rolling on both sides of the football.
The offense has moved the ball up and down the field with great efficiency while the Phoenix rundown crew has allowed just 14 points.
The Tigers have been pretty steady in their point production in the last three region games, with 19 in a loss to Ringgold and then 22 in a win over Lafayette and 20 last week in their win over the Creek. They are primarily a running team as senior Eli Agnew has been one of the top rushers in the region but can throw the ball when they need to.
As the region comes down to its final four weeks, it has become a most entertaining postseason chase for the teams who’s still have realistic hopes.
As of right now, Ringgold, which has an open date this week, has the most league wins with five but Rockmart has four was both of those teams have yet to lose.
Ringgold kept its hold on first place last Friday would be a tight 24-17 win over Lafayette while Rockmart ripped Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe,56-0.
Adairsville is currently alone in third place at 3-1 but that will change if the Phoenix can take him them down Friday night.
Then three teams, including Sonoraville, are tied for third place at 2-2. LaFayette and Murray County are the other two teams sitting at .500 in the conference and the Phoenix still have to play Lafayette.
The Creek, with its loss to Adairsville, is alone in seventh place at 2-3 but if the Colts should win their final four games down the stretch here, they would still definitely have a chance at getting into the postseason for the first time in school history.
Besides the Sonoraville-Adairsville game Friday night, other Region encounters have Rockmart at Murray County, North Murray visits LFO, and Coahulla Creek is at Lafayette.
Kickoff for the Sonoraville –Adairsville contest is set for 7:30 p.m.