November 27, 2007
Albany - Football coaches and players want home field advantage for the playoffs.
But the Westover Patriots feel that being on the road is to their advantage.
That is why the Patriot players are not upset they lost a coin flip and will have to play their first ever state quarterfinal game Friday night in Chamblee.
The Patriots, who have never played a state playoff game in Albany, are very comfortable on the road.
And why not after winning at Thomson and last Friday night at Henry County.
Senior offensive lineman Ben Haggerty said "We feel like we do better on the road. The last two games were on the road and we won. So, we are trying not to change anything up. Do everything the same."
Senior lineman Keith Adkins said "Gets you pumped to play at a real big stadium that is real far away. It just pumps you up a little bit."
Head coach Jeff Caldwell believes the long road trips have given his players time to be better prepared.
Caldwelll said "It is a three and four hour bus ride. Time that you can concentrate a little bit more. They have got the scouting reports in their hands. They get a little bored riding. So, they can study their books a little bit more and I think they have been prepared to play the last two weeks."
Westover plays Chamblee Friday night at North DeKalb Stadium in Chamblee.
The Westover basketball game on Tuesday against Albany High has been moved to December 18th.