Cornelison

Pisgah's Nate Cornelison (26) tries to pull out of the grasp of Section's Jace Holcomb during last week's victory.

The Pisgah football team is set to begin a challenging region stretch, facing three teams that are currently at the top of the Class 3A Region 7 standings.

Pisgah head coach Luke Pruitt believes said his team knows what is at stake over the final month of region play.

“We’ve got to come out and swinging and however things go, be ready to play the next week,” Pruitt said. “A lot on the line.”

The stretch begins with a matchup against the defending region champion as Pisgah (3-2, 1-1) travels to play Geraldine (4-2, 3-0) at Coolidge-Isbell Field Friday at 7 p.m. 

It’s the 37th meeting between the teams in a series Geraldine leads 20-15-1. Pisgah has lost 11 straight games to the Bulldogs, its last victory in the series came in 2003.

The 2019 matchup features two teams with similar styles of play — as physical as possible. Pruitt said the key to winning a physical type game will be able to take it and dish it out.

“It’s going to be hard-nosed football and real physical, a typical game against (Geraldine,” Pruitt said. “They’re a typical Geraldine team. We’ve got to be ready for four quarters. It’s going to be physical. It’s going to be a street fight that’s won at the line of scrimmage.”

Pisgah snapped a two-game slide with a 44-7 win over Section last week. Pruitt said it was the type of effort the Eagles needed before returning to region play.

“We came out and did what we were supposed to,” he said. “It was good (to win). We got out of it healthy, which is good, because we need all hands on deck this week.”

Geraldine is coming off a 19-14 Homecoming loss to 5A Sardis. The Bulldogs, whose other loss was to Class 2A No. 1 Fyffe, have wins over 5A Crossville and region rivals Plainview, New Hope and Brindlee Mountain.

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