ATLANTA — The playoff scenario for the Atlanta Rabbits is simple: beat the Spring Hill Panthers and go to the playoffs.
The Rabbs host the Panthers Friday at Rabbit Stadium on Senior Night. Atlanta will bring the sentiment while Spring Hill will bring the fireworks.
“They’re really good,” Rabbs head coach Matt McClure said on the “Coaches Show” Monday from the Rabbit Patch. “They scored 42 against Gilmer. They scored 31 against PG. They scored 56 against Pittsburg, 35 against Gladewater. So, they’re scoring a lot of points. They’ve been scoring a lot of points all year.”
Spring Hill’s efficient sophomore quarterback in Gage White is the key ingredient to making the Panthers offense “dangerous.”
Said McClure: “The quarterback is a sophomore that started last year as a freshman. I don’t think they’re going to come out and throw it 30 times, but he’s going to do a good job of throwing the ball when he has to. They’re dangerous.”
The Panthers defense features a bend but don’t break defense that attempts to keep offenses on the field long, forcing them to make errors as drives extend beyond eight plays.
Senior Night and a salute to veterans
Not only will Friday be Senior Night, but both the Rabbs and the Panthers will honor military veterans due to Veterans’ Day being the following day on Saturday.
Said McClure: “We also have a deal with the veterans. They’re going to line up and run through the sign, shake their hand, that kind of thing, and thank them for their service to this country. So, it’s going to be a good night.”
And, of course, the night will be fraught with emotion for McClure due to it being the last home game for his special 12th-graders.
“It’s really special night,” said McClure. “It’s a night that’s really emotional for a lot of parents. It’s funny. You talk to the kids about it and you tell them they only have this many games left and this many guaranteed games left. And then I think reality sets in for a lot of them. And for a lot of high school athletes, they’re not going to play past high school. And, so, I think reality sets in for them that it’s over. And it’s tough. So, it’s always a good night, a fun night, and good to recognize those young men for all the work they put in for all those four years.”
Hear the Rabbs take on the Panthers at 7:30 p.m. Friday on KPYN 900 AM/95.5 FM with Bubba Kirkland and Rick Blackwood on the call and pregame at 6:30 p.m.