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Lassiter Coach Discusses Home Opener

MARIETTA, GA -- The Lassiter Trojans host North Cobb on Friday, September 10 in a battle of 1-1 teams. This non-region game may not really count towards the playoff race, but Lassiter Coach Jep Irwin says it will give his team another chance to get some good experience.

"I think we got experience and knowledge of a big game atmosphere in the Georgia Dome against a Top Five team in the country," Irwin said, referencing his Trojans' 34-14 loss to North Gwinnett in the Corky Kell Classic.

"We want to be able to play at that level."

"Then, against Sprayberry," Irwin added, "We saw how we can win."

The Trojan coach's young team beat Sprayberry 27-20. "Even though [our young guys have] been around winning, they've only watched it. A lot of them weren't out there playing," he said. "They had seen it, but they hadn't done what it takes to win a game yet."

Irwin is not satisfied yet. "Even though we won last week, we're not playing as well as we're capable of," he said.

"The biggest thing for us is blocking consistency on offense. The reason we're struggling to move the ball is pass protection... Then, in the run game, we need to have much better technique and pay more attention to detail. Things like blocking the right guy, taking the right path, blocking at the right angle," he said.

Irwin is expecting a good atmosphere for Friday's game, which will be the Trojans' home opener. The 5A match-up will be Lassiter's home opener. "They are very well-coached with Shane Queen over there, who led them to a region championship [in 2007]," Irwin said. "And they have a couple of college recruits."

"They're going to look similar to us on offense. It's a spread offense, like we run, but it is not identical. There are some differences... Then, they're big and fast up front on defense. And they're just going to match up and play man [on our receivers]. So something's going to happen. Either we'll get a big play or we'll punt," Irwin laughed.

"It might be 'Big play, Big play, Touchdown' or 'Incomplete, Incomplete, Punt.'"

Irwin, the first-year head coach at Lassiter, will have this week and the next to try and fully prepare for the Trojans' region schedule, which is when a playoff berth will be at stake.

Lassiter is in Region 5-5A, which has only seven teams in it. So, Irwin's squad will have already played four non-region games before they finally face Walton on October 1.

North Cobb gets into 4-5A region play next week against Kennesaw Mountain.