ALBANY — Forgive Deerfield-Windsor football coach Allen Lowe if he sounds just downright giddy.
After two road trips to Tallahassee, Fla., in consecutive weeks, Lowe is just happy to play a home football game. Webb Field, site of tonight’s 7:30 p.m. home opener for the Knights against Southwest Georgia Academy, never looked so good to Lowe.
Tonight will mark the first of two home games. Deerfield-Windsor plays host to defending Class AAA state champion Westfield next week.
For the next two weeks, there won’t have to be any reason to get out of school early or jump on the bus for a two-hour road trip. Or get back from a road game after midnight.
“Our kids enjoy the atmosphere of playing at home,” Lowe said. “And they like to have their fans there to watch. When you go out of state, often times you’re not going to have that many followers. So, it will be nice to get on our field and play some teams from around here.”
It will be Deerfield fans’ first glimpse of the Knights, who topped Maclay in the season opener, then gave Florida private school powerhouse North Florida Christian a strong challenge until late in the game when NFC scored a touchdown to clinch the victory.
Lowe compared the Eagles to some of the former GISA schools the Knights used to play like Stratford and Tattnall Square, who left the GISA this fall and started competing in the Georgia High School Association.
The Deerfield-Windsor coach said he didn’t want to single out any players but the Knights have been proficient on offense with a good mixture of running and passing.
“We’ve had a good mixture of kids contributing,” he said.
As for tonight’s opponent, Southwest Georgia is searching for its first victory under new coach Eric Folmar. The Warriors lost to Terrell Academy in a game where they trailed by just two points at halftime. However, SGA was outscored 26-6 in the second half and fell 49-27.
Lowe said it’s important for his Knights to get off to a quick start. He said the Warriors have started quickly in both of their previous games against Westwood and Terrell. He doesn’t want this team to have to play catch-up.
“They’ve come out of the gate quickly in their games,” Lowe said. “But they’ve had some things not fall their way. They’ve got some nice schemes on offense, but with this season still being so early, you worry a lot about yourself. We’re just trying to improve.”