Chestatee and East Hall are both looking to get back on track with the Region 8-4A football game coming up on Friday
It is still the early stage of regional football.
The playoffs are still within the reach of almost everyone.
However, Chestatee (2-3, 0-1) and East Hall (1-5, 0-2) both desperately want to get back on track when they face off in Gainesville on Friday.
Even with two losses in the region, the Vikings have already faced Jefferson (6-0, 2-0) and still have four games to go to make the top four for the playoffs.
And the War Eagles have lost two games in a row but there are five regional contests left in 2021.
So, it is not time to panic over either program.
But both are certainly eager to return to the winning column.
For Chestatee trainer Shaun Conley, he has an acronym that carries his program, which is BLEED: Body Language, Energy, Effort and Details.
“We have to focus on ourselves and on what makes us successful as a team,” he said. “These are the things that make us successful, on and off the pitch.”
Despite a 63-0 loss to No.1 Jefferson, East Hall maintains a prolific offense, led by senior quarterback Clete Cooper (1,035 passing yards) and running back Marcus Holmberg (505 yards).
Meanwhile, Chestatee’s ground offense was performing well in a pair of wins over Union County and West Hall, averaging 42 points per game.
Leading the way for the War Eagles is a backfield with Jason Granados (317 yards, four TDs), Elijah Pruitt (151 yards) and Adriel Vargas (68 yards).
Despite some momentum early in the season, it came to a halt for Chestatee with a 23-21 last-second loss to North Hall.
East Hall’s only victory came against Johnson, 49-35, on September 10.
Tied 35-all late, the Vikings scored two late goals to secure the win.
Currently, Jefferson, Cedar Shoals and North Oconee are all 2-0 in the 8-4A region.