FORT VALLEY -- The Peach County Trojans and Carver-Columbus Tigers will square off for the second year in a row with a GHSA Region 2-AAA championship on the line Friday night.
Both teams are tied at 4-0 in region play once again, and the Trojans will look for revenge for a 26-17 loss from a year ago.
Its kind of a rematch of last year when they came over here for the region championship, Peach County head coach Chad Campbell said. It was a good ballgame; we just had some missed opportunities. Its a big game, and its big for the state playoffs seedings and playing at home rather than playing on the road, so theres a lot on the line.
Peach Countys young defense struggled to find its rhythm early in the year as it surrendered 35 points to Baldwin and 54 points to Warner Robins in back-to-back defeats early in the season.
Since that time, the Trojans have won five games in a row and have held their opponents to 16 or fewer points in four of those contests.
They have really progressed well, Campbell said. Theyre playing a lot faster than they did in the beginning of the year, and weve done some different things than we originally thought we were going to do scheme-wise. The kids look like theyre more comfortable, and its worked out well for us.
The Tigers also have reeled off five consecutive victories since a loss to Colquitt County and have climbed all the way up to No. 4 in the Georgia Sports Writers Association poll.
They boast an athletic defense with one of the top 2015 college football prospects in the state with defensive end Mekhi Brown, who has committed to Alabama.
Hes long and athletic, and theyve got another (defensive end) on the other side who we think is just as good, Campbell said. Theyve got playmakers, and their linebackers and secondary are very athletic. Theres not really a weakness they have defensively. Theyve got everybody back from last year. Were going to have to execute very well and not have any turnovers to have a chance.