McKee

Luke McKee and Section host Cedar Bluff in an important Class 2A Region 8 contest Friday at Section Stadium.

Things can certainly change quickly in high school football

The Section Lions can attest to that.

This time last week, Section had yet to score a point after season-opening losses to New Hope and Class 2A No. 1-ranked Fyffe.

But last Friday it the Lions who pitched a shutout, defeating Ider 12-0. Now Section is gearing up for an important Class 2A Region 8 matchup at home this week.

The Lions welcome Cedar Bluff to Section Stadium Friday night for Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

It’s the 12th all-time meeting in a series Cedar Bluff leads 9-2.

After its tough start, Section (1-2, 1-1) finds itself with a chance to close the first half of region play with a 2-1 mark and be in the thick of the playoff race entering the final four region games in the second half of the season..

“Winning last week was big,” said Section head coach Chris Hammon. “It puts us in the middle of things, made this game that much bigger. One of our goals was to make the playoffs. If we win this week, it puts in a good position for that.”

Meanwhile, Cedar Bluff (3-0, 2-0) will try to hold on to its share of the region lead. Cedar Bluff rallied late to edge Class 1A No. 9 Spring Garden 14-12 in Week 1 before defeating Asbury 43-0 in Week 2. The Tigers edged another Cherokee County rival, Sand Rock, 14-7 in overtime last week.

“They’re a typical Cedar Bluff team,” Hammon said. “They’ve got speed, pretty good size, just got a good ball team.”

Defense has been both teams’ strong suits thus far this season. Hammon said the Lions must play well again defensively in order to win Friday.

Section’s offense produced 10 points last week — the other two came on an Ider safety during a punt attempt — and had another touchdown negated by penalty. Hammon said the Lions cut out some of the missed blocking assignments and penalties that hurt them the first two games and hopes the Lions make further improvements in those areas this week.

“When we’ve been sound there, we’ve done some good things,” he said of his offense. “We’ve just got to be better fundamentally and assignment wise.”

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