Wildcats play tonight

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 3, 2003

The Florala Wildcats travel to Jack tonight to play the Zion Chapel Rebels. Kickoff has been moved up and is set for 7 p.m. at the Zion Chapel School Stadium.

The Wildcats enter the game still in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs after going 1-9 last season and 0-10 during the 2001 season.

Florala Head Coach Doug Vickery said the Wildcats are improving, but still have to work hard and play well to earn a spot in the playoffs.

The Wildcats will be facing a winless Zion Chapel squad with an 0-6 record overall and 0-4 in Class 1A, Region 2 play.

Florala is 2-4 overall and 2-2 in region play. The Wildcats are currently tied for the fourth-place spot in the region. The top four teams from the region will advance to the playoffs.

Zion Chapel is winless and hungry.

"They play hard from start to finish," Vickery said about the Rebels. "They don't play like an 0-6 team after watching them on film.

"They are capable of beating some teams in our region," he added.

Vickery does not plan on watching his Wildcats lose to the Rebels.

"It's a region game. You have to line up and play," he said. "It's another big game for us."

A win would put the Wildcats in a good position as they chase a playoff spot, but Vickery said the Wildcats cannot look ahead.

"We can't look ahead to Houston County because this one is a region game," he said. "We can't overlook anybody. We can't get off the bus and expect to win."

The Wildcats have used two different offensive attacks the past two weeks.

Two weeks ago, the Wildcats threw the ball more than 40 times.

Last week, the Wildcats ran the ball most of the game only attempting two passes.

This week, Vickery said the Wildcats will use both the run and the pass.

"We're going to probably mix it up," he said. "We have to get A.J. (Thompson) more involved in our offense. He's a deep threat and has some speed.

"And, Robby (Evans) does a good job of throwing the ball," Vickery added.

The Wildcats will also continue to use the legs of Corderus Smiley and Victor Hobdy on offense with a good dose of running plays.

Vickery will also continue to expect his defense and special teams to play well and execute.

A win sets the stage for a showdown with Houston County for what will probably be the game to decide who finishes fourth in the region.