TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Week seven/six of the high school football season is a big one for schools in both Georgia and Florida. For Chiles and Lincoln, it's a date at Gene Cox in Tallahassee for the two's first District match-ups of the season.
Lincoln's record, not indicative of their talent. Lincoln is coming off a loss to Rickards, but it's a game head coach Yusuf Shakir says was full of missed opportunities. The Trojans were inside the 30 nine times, but put up just 19 points in the loss.
Shakir says the miscues come from the Trojans youth, but after a tough schedule to open up the season, he says they're ready to start the most important part of the year against Chiles on Friday night.
"Iron sharpens iron," he said at practice on Wednesday. "You're just going to improve and get better. You're not going to play tough teams a fall off. Just like playing Rickards, Rickards has multiple guys that could really break the game, so our schedule, you look at our schedule and you look who we've played and the players we've played against, it's an every week thing for us."
The multiple guys Shakir's Trojans will have to defend are Shane Snaders, a running back who's rushed for nearly 500 yards and seven touchdowns in four games, and John Mitchell, a receivers who's hauled in 21 receptions for 284 yards.
Those two a big reason why Chiles is 3-1 on the season. The other reason? Chiles is older and more experienced. This time last year, the Timberwolves were winless.
Head coach Garrett Jahn says this contest is going to be their toughest yet, but with a good group of kids, they're ready for the challenge.
"Look at the team's they've played, some of the best teams in the state of Florida and look at the scores. They're all close games where Lincoln could have won any of them," he said. "Defensively we have our hands full. Offensively we have to be able to move the football and run it. If we can run the football, that'll help Kris Reed and John Mitchell and those guys out wide catch a few balls and hopefully move the ball along."
The Chiles-Lincoln match-up kicks off at 7:00 on Friday night at Gene Cox Stadium in Tallahassee.