MT. AIRY — Habersham Central will have that rare opportunity to play twice in one week when they take on Central Gwinnett Tuesday at Raider Stadium.
The game was originally scheduled for Nov. 6 but the two teams were forced to reschedule due to the Black Knights’ dealing with COVID-19 issues. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. at Raider Stadium.
Is that good or bad? Who knows. But in a strange and wacky 2020 season, it’s just another of the firsts for Habersham Central coach Benji Harrison.
“It’s a unique situation. I’ve never had two games in a week in all the years I’ve been coaching,” Harrison said. “But this has been a year to expect anything and this is just the next thing.”
But for the Black Knights, it’s even more crazy. This will be their third game in eight days due to also having to reschedule their game with Winder-Barrow. Either they will have become accustomed to the quick turnaround, or they will have nothing left.
Central Gwinnett lost 37-0 to Winder-Barrow on Monday (Nov. 9) then dropped a tough 20-16 decision to No. 6 Dacula on Friday (Nov. 13)
The Raiders will have had 11 days of rest since beating Lanier 36-15 back on Nov. 6 and have had their normal routines disrupted.
Does that give either team an advantage?
“I don’t know,” Harrison said. “I don’t like off weeks any way so having that many days between games is something that concerns me a little. But we also were able to get some guys healthy so I guess that’s good.”
As for the playoffs, the Black Knights have already been eliminated. The Raiders are battling for their playoff lives. A win and they’re in. A loss and they’ll have a must-win scenario on Saturday afternoon against Shiloh.
“We’re not worrying about Shiloh,” Harrison said. “Our focus is just to go win this one. But Central Gwinnett is a scary team. They have speed all over the field. But all we need to do is just do what we do on offense, and we have to tackle well.
“If we do those two things we should be fine.”