East Hall coach Matt Turner joins the Friday Game Night Coaches Show to talk Region 8-4A opener against North Hall.
EAST HALL at NORTH HALL
Records: Vikings (2-1, 1-0 Region 8-4A); Trojans (3-0, 1-0 Region 8-4A)
Last week: East Hall beat Chestatee, 14-10; North Hall beat Walnut Grove, 28-6
Where: The Brickyard, Gainesville
Radio: 102.9 FM WDUN
Time: 7:30 p.m.
The Statisticals: East Hall leads the series 33-23-1. The Trojans won 69-0 in 2022 and have won 13 straight in the series going back to 2002. The last Vikings win in the series came in 2001, 10-7 at Valhalla. North Hall has won 6 straight in the series at The Brickyard. The North Hall defense has been stingy of late, allowing just 13 total points and just two TDs over its last eight quarters. North Hall has averaged 59.7 ppg against the Vikings over the past 8 meetings.
What to watch for: The North Hall offense vs. the East Hall defense. The Vikings' defense played its best game under coach Matt Turner last week, holding a pretty good Chestatee offense to just one touchdown. They will have a tougher assignment this week against the Trojans, who are 6th in Class 4A in scoring average 117, 39.0 ppg). QB Tanner Marsh already has thrown for 641 yards and 7 TDs and just 1 INT on the season. He also has added 209 yards and 4 TDs rushing. RB Tate Ruth, despite playing with an injury, has 222 yards and 4 TDs rushing.