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Three local high school teams -- Coahulla Creek, Murray County and Southeast Whitfield -- won't make the playoffs this season, but a host of their seniors still have plenty of memories to reflect on as they head into their final games tonight.
The Daily Citizen-News asked players three questions based on all phases of their football careers.
Past: What's one thing you would tell yourself when you first started playing football or one thing you wish you knew back then?
Present: What's one thing you're going to do tonight to soak in your last game?
Future: In 30 years, what do you think is going to be the thing that stands out most when you think back on playing high school football?
Here are their answers.
Southeast Whitfield (0-9, 0-5 in Region 6-4A) at Ridgeland (5-4, 4-1 in Region 6-4A), 7:30 p.m.
Defensive lineman and fullback Matt Wojcik
Past: I would tell myself to never give up on a play.
Present: I'm going to try to make the most out of one last time.
Future: I'll remember being here with my friends, the relationships that we've made and laughs we've had.
Tackle and guard Bryson Waters
Past: I would tell myself to make the most out of every practice even in the summer or weight room -- to always stay committed.
Present: I'm going to just keep in mind that it's my final time playing. We've got to have fun now.
Future: I'll remember just being here every day in the field house and just having fun.
Center and guard JC Winters
Past: I would tell myself that every time matters and it leads to the final time for everything -- give it your all.
Present: I'll just be thinking that it's been one heck of a ride.
Future: There'll be a lot of things I remember but I'll miss getting to see everyone every day.
Quarterback Adam Sowder
Past: I would tell myself to cherish all the wins and the losses. Make them count because you'll never get that day back.
Present: When I walk out for the last time, I know I'm going to get flooded with memories. Even with the memories from when I was little and thinking about all the guys I've played with. I'll just try to make some plays one last time.
Future: I'll think back on all the laughs and the friends. Hopefully the friendships last long after this.
Murray County (4-5, 2-5 in Region 6-3A) at Haralson County (7-2, 5-2 in Region 6-3A), 7:30 p.m.
Linebacker Andrew Brindle
Past: I would tell myself that it doesn't really get any easier, you just get better.
Present: I'll be thinking about though it may be last time out in a helmet, but it's not the last time I'll represent Murray County -- once an Indian, always an Indian.
Future: I'll definitely miss the thrill of making a big play.
Running back Shawn Corral
Past: I would tell myself not to take it for granted, like going to practice every day.
Present: I'll just be trying to soak in being out there and hearing the crowd. There's so many people out there supporting us.
Future: I'll miss the friends I've made -- they are always there to lean on.
Running back Adam Corral
Past: I would tell myself that it's all worth it -- things like conditioning.
Present: I'll try to remind myself to have fun and just enjoy it.
Future: I think I would want to play North Murray again. This year was the best game we had against them, so I'll remember that.
Ringgold (0-9, 0-7 in Region 6-3A) at Coahulla Creek (1-8, 0-7 in Region 6-3A), 7:30 p.m.
Linebacker and tight end Andrew Painter
Past: I would tell myself to take the weight room more seriously.
Present: I'll be trying to remember to play my heart out and play for everyone else not just myself -- leave it all out on the field.
Future: I would want to just suit up and play one more time.
Running back Austin Hernandez
Past: I would tell myself don't take anything for granted and say how quick it goes by.
Present: I'm just going to try to soak it in -- the best part is going through the banner.
Future: I'll miss just being around the guys.
Defensive end and tackle Isaac Wiley
Past: I would let myself know that the more time spent in the weight room, the better you'll be -- eat, sleep and breathe the weight room.
Present: I'm going to go out there and play for my brothers and enjoy it.
Future: I'll remember beating everyone in the weight room.
Defensive end and tackle Wade Wiggins
Past: I would tell myself to enjoy every little moment, even the running.
Present: When I walk out for the last time, I know it's going to be sad but I'm got to just play for my boys.
Future: I'll probably remember coaches yelling me all the time, but I'll laugh at it when I think about it.
TONIGHT'S OTHER GAMES
Christian Heritage (8-1, 5-1 in Region 6-A) at Whitefield Academy (7-2, 6-1 in Region 6-A), 7:30 p.m.
Christian Heritage travels to Whitefield Academy for a region cross-over game.
The Lions are looking to secure a bye in the first round of the Class A-Private playoffs with a win. The top eight teams from the classification will earn the bye, and Christian Heritage is currently ranked No. 6 in the latest power ratings. They are coming off a win over Gordon Lee, 28-0.
Sophomore quarterback Christian Thomas led the offense with three touchdowns through the air and one on the ground. Evan Lester caught two scores.
Whitefield Academy fell to Fellowship Christian Academy last week, 31-9.
Dalton (6-3, 4-3 in Region 6-6A) at Osborne (0-9, 0-7 in Region 6-6A), 7:30 p.m.
Dalton should either be the No. 3 or No. 4 seed heading into next week's playoffs -- depending on how other games in the region shake out tonight -- but first needs to earn a win at Osborne.
The Catamounts are coming off a loss to Allatoona last week, 17-14. They need Sprayberry to lose to River Ridge tonight for the No. 3 seed if they are to win as well. If Sprayberry and Dalton both win, Dalton would be the No. 4 seed.
Osborne is trying to avoid a winless season after falling to Allatoona two weeks ago, 45-6.
Last meeting: Dalton won in 2018, 62-0.
Heritage (7-2, 4-1 in Region 6-4A) at Northwest Whitfield (7-2 in Region 6-4A), 7:30 p.m.
Northwest is looking for a region title as it hosts Heritage.
Despite a current three-way tie in the top spot, he Bruins would take the No. 1 seed into the playoffs with a win tonight. Even if Ridgeland also wins, Northwest would win the head-to-head tiebreaker.
If Northwest loses tonight, it would likely get the No. 3 seed.
Heritage is coming off a bye after defeating Southeast Whitfield two weeks ago, 12-0.
Last meeting: Heritage won in 2018, 56-28.
Sonoraville (5-4, 4-3 in Region 6-3A) at North Murray (8-1, 7-0 in Region 6-3A), 7:30 p.m.
North Murray has a chance to go undefeated in the region after clinching its first region title in school history last week when it hosts Sonoraville tonight.
The Mountaineers defeated Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe last week, 31-0, as quarterback Ladd McConkey threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another. Chaisen Buckner, D'Ante Tidwell and Landon Burrell all caught one touchdown, and Owen Hannah finished with one field goal.
Sonoraville is coming off a win over Coahulla Creek last week, 54-17.
Last meeting: North Murray won in 2018, 23-0.