Prattville Christian south-bound for Friday-night catfight in GeorgianaPublished 6:45am Friday, August 23, 2013
In only their second year as an AHSAA affiliate, the Prattville Christian Panthers take the field Friday night looking for some of the success they mustered while members of the AISA.
“We hope to go down and create a tempo that will allow us to have some consistency,” said Sam Peak, coach of the Panthers.
Prattville Christian will hit I-65 South Friday afternoon headed for a showdown with Georgiana High School at 7.
“We’re looking to go down and be able to move the ball effectively,” said Peak.
To do that, Peak is relying on the arm of starting quarterback Hunter Mozingo.
Mozingo missed last season due to a collarbone injury, but is back this year to pace the Panthers spread-set.
One of his main targets is going to be 6-foot-4 tight end John Watts.
“It’s a lot different knowing we are going out there against somebody,” said Watts. “(Moving to AHSAA) is a lot different. It’s somebody new each week. And it’s never really the same between each game. The athletes in Alabama High School are more built toward sports, built a lot stronger and faster.”
Last season, PCA posted a 2-8 mark while Georgiana finished 1-9 with a 41-0 win over Red Level the only bright spot.
“Defensively, we are returning six or seven starters and we are hoping to find the three or four that can step in and help us out.”
PCA, who already lost a coach to start the year, lost a wingback in practice Friday after he broke his collarbone.
“That’s the third year in a row we’ve had a kid go down with a collarbone. Hunter (Mozingo), we lost him last year. So we are bad with that.”
For the Panthers, Friday’s game will be another step into territories yet to be trekked.
“Haven’t seen them before,” said Peak. “But they are very similar in style and number of students and they have a new coach. He comes from McKenzie where he was the defensive coordinator. And that’s all I know about them.”
Friday’s game will serve as a dress rehearsal for next week’s season openers.
PCA will travel to Billingsley and Georgiana will be Ariton bound.