Wildcats vie to be more ‘competitive’

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 6, 2010

With the Florala Wildcats season winding down, head coach Chris Buckler said the team is looking to be more competitive in the last four games, including this week’s game at Geneva County.

“Right now, I think we’re getting more competitive,” Buckler said. “Last year, (the 2009 team) gave up 48.4 points per game, and right now we’re giving up less than 30 points per game.

“Our defense is getting better,” he said. “Our offense is about where it was last year, production-wise, but we’re scoring in every game.”

Last week, the Wildcats (1-5, 1-3 in Class 1A, Region 2) fell to J.F. Shields 20-7.

After this week, the Wildcats will play McKenzie and Kinston in their last two region games, and will close with Red Level Oct. 29.

Buckler said Geneva County (2-4, 2-2) is primarily a running team, as they racked up 300 yards against Kinston last week, where the Bulldogs lost, 30-22.

“They run the old Notre Dame offense,” he said. “So, our focus this week is to stop the run.”

Between now and when the season is over, Buckler said he hopes to find some players who can step up and make plays for the team.

“We’ve got to find some play makers,” he said. “We had several opportunities to score last Friday. We dropped four balls for touchdowns.

“On offense, we lost Zac (Fleming) and right now, we’re asking our young kids to do a lot,” he said.

When asked what the attitude on the team is like right now, Buckler said the players are still “excited.”

“The attitude all around is that we’re still excited about playing football,” Buckler said. “We have not caved in. We have not done that.

“Our enthusiasm is getting better every week,” he said. “Our kids believe they can fight.”

Kickoff in Hartford is at 7 p.m.