Who: Pinckney (1-0 overall and SEC) at Chelsea (1-0 overall)
Where: Chelsea Junior High School
When: 7 p.m.
Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on The Livingston Post. Click here for the link.
All-time: Chelsea leads series 17-9
Last meeting: Chelsea won 47-30 in 1999
PAST IS PROLOGUE?
Coach Rod Beaton thinks so because of his team’s experience in the KLAA: “We’ve played in big games and in front of big crowds,” he said. “We won at Grand Blanc on their homecoming (before 9,000) and we’ve played before big crowds at Brighton. Some of the big game-day atmospheres in the KLAA have helped us get ready.”
FROM ONE SET OF BULLDOGS TO ANOTHER
Chelsea has had a long run of success, making the playoffs every year since 1999 with the exception of 2013, reaching the Division 2 title game in 2015.
“They do things the right way,” Beaton said. “They have a model and they stick to it. They’re very well-coached and stick to what they do. They’re disciplined, play with excellent technique and they don’t make mistakes. They will make you pay for yours.”
Pinckney’s re-entry into the SEC got off to a flying start, when Nick Cain scored on the opening kickoff, but the Pirates had to work for their opening win at Lincoln. “It was a testament to what I’ve been saying and have been adamant about — there’s very good football in the SEC,” Beaton said. “We got a great effort from Lincoln last week. They gave us all we could handle.”
WEEK 1 vs. WEEK 2
Beaton says the saying that a team improves the most between the first and second weeks of the season “is very true. You’ve gotten that first one under your belt, and the young kids now are used to varsity speed. We’re breaking in a couple of guys at new positions on defense, and once we do that, we’ll keep improving as a football team.”
A PIECE OF HOME
The Pirates were well-represented last week at Lincoln and figure to have more fans at Chelsea, which is much closer. “Our people will show up in droves tonight,” Beaton said. “It’s reflective of the great support we get here. We try to make sure everyone is a part of it and we appreciate them being there.”