Whigham: Opp isn’t assuming anything

Published 12:01 am Thursday, October 11, 2012

Opp’s Ethan Davis pitches the ball during an earlier contest this season. | File photo

You know what they say when people assume things?

Opp head football coach Jack Whigham and the Bobcats aren’t assuming anything when they travel to face yet-to-win-a-game region opponent Cottage Hill Christian Academy in Mobile on Friday night.

Whigham said he didn’t know if the Warriors would allow OHS to give playing time to players who need it.

“We’re not going to assume that,” Whigham said. “They have struggled, but they’ve got some capable athletes on their team.

“They’ve got a pretty good quarterback. He does some things well,” he said. “We’re not good enough to assume anything.”

Opp (3-3, 2-2 in Class 3A, Region 1) beat Excel 39-6 last week for its homecoming game. The Bobcats have a tough two-game region stretch against W.S. Neal and Straughn after facing Cottage Hill this week.

The Warriors like to line up in a 4-4 defense formation and have a couple of bigger guys who play in the “seven technique,” especially the defensive end.

“That’ll probably cause us some trouble,” Whigham said.

This week’s game will present a longer trip than normal, the coach said.

“We need to make sure we need to do the right things well,” Whigham said. “If we do those things and play mistake-free, or limit those mistakes, then we have a good chance to win the game.”

Injury news:

Opp’s Brandon Williams broke his wrist during the B-team game on Monday night. Jimmy Andrews is still out with a shoulder injury.

“We’re getting a lot of new folks more mended,” Whigham said. “We’re still fighting the injury bug. It’s hitting us harder this year than it has in the past. We’ve just got to work through it.”