Woodstock, Creekview and Sequoyah will all be idle.
Creekview coach Terry Crowder said his team has practiced as usual through the week, but without an opponent to prepare for, they have been focusing on the fundamentals.
“Just doing anything we can to get better,” he said.
The Grizzlies (1-1) lost to Cherokee in their opening game, then slipped past River Ridge in Week 2.
As the team practices, Crowder said Creekview’s Region 7AAAAA opener with Kell next week is also in his mind. Most importantly, though, he wants to see his players continue to improve.
Crowder said winning prior to the bye week gave his team a boost.
“It’s good getting a win, but it felt good to just get better,” he said. “The kids saw that we are getting better on film, and that is good going into an open week. They see the work translating on the field.”
Although Crowder won’t be walking the sidelines Friday, he won’t be too far away from football. He and his staff will be watching Kell face Lassiter.
Woodstock opened its season a week earlier than the other teams and is now three games into its season. Coach Brent Budde said his players are, for the most part, healthy, but a bye week early in the season allows time for minor injuries to heal.
Budde also said he liked the timing of the bye week — just before the Wolverines (1-2) open their Region 5AAAAAA schedule against Walton.
Sequoyah will also be using the week to recover a bit. After dominating their opening game against River Ridge, the Chiefs were knocked down a bit in a loss to Cherokee. They face Riverwood in a Region 7AAAAA crossover Sept. 20.
“Most of our week is fundamentals,” Sequoyah coach James Teter said. “That is kind of what we didn’t go well on last Friday night.”
Teter said the players are spending the week of practice learning from their mistakes. He and his staff will also be working late Friday, traveling to Sandy Springs to see Riverwood play North Springs.