Wildcats to face McKenzie

Published 12:04 am Thursday, October 13, 2011

Florala has been working on the same thing since football camp, head football coach Justin Jones said. | Stephanie Nelson/Star-News

Same old story, different week.

Florala head football coach Justin Jones said the varsity football team is excited to have the opportunity to have another chance to play another football game.

Tonight, the Wildcats will travel to face McKenzie in a region contest, and Jones said the kids continue to work on the same things they have been working on since football camp.

“We’re still working on our things,” he said. “The things we’re working on the most are our kids, and playing for four quarters.”

FHS is coming off a 41-19 homecoming loss to Geneva County, and Jones said to put the responsibility of that loss on him.

“The kids weren’t mentally ready and prepared,” he said. “Once we kind of regrouped, we played decent football the rest of the way.”

On the game tonight, Jones said the Tigers have good players on their team as well as standout player Sir Wallace Presley.

“Our biggest concern defensively is trying to keep them contained,” Jones said. “We don’t want them to try and get on the edge on us. We’re going to have to have some guys that can run a little bit.”

Jones said the short week hasn’t affected the team’s preparation, noting that Wednesday’s practice was treated as a normal “Wednesday.”

“You have to cram in some stuff (during the week), but we’re going to do what we do,” he said. “Our practices haven’t been any longer. We haven’t really changed anything practice-wise.

“On Wednesdays, we usually sharpen things up,” he said. “We’ll treat Wednesday as a normal day, and tomorrow (today), minus the walk-through.”

In the end though, Jones said he just wants his players to enjoy the game of football.

“We’re just excited to have the opportunity to compete,” he said. “I hope our kids realize that. When you play the game of football, you need to play. Whether it’s with a winning or losing record, you just need to be a competitor.

“If God hadn’t created men to compete,” he said. “He wouldn’t have created David to compete with Goliath. I want our kids to enjoy the opportunity to come out and enjoy the game of football — competing and getting better.”

Kick off in McKenzie is at 7 p.m.