Wildcats focus on task

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Florala’s Desmond Smiley (3) gets the hand off from quarterback Austin McNeill Friday night as the Wildcats rolled over McKenzie at Mathews Stadium. | Josh Dutton/Star-News

Game to game. Week to week.

That’s the exact approach Florala will take in its last two weeks of the season, head football coach Justin Jones said.

“Our thoughts are again on this week,” Jones said. “We can’t look ahead. We just need to focus on the task at hand.”

Florala will host Georgiana this Friday night. The Panthers (1-7, 1-5 in Class 1A, Region 2) are coming off of a 33-12 loss to Kinston last week. FHS beat McKenzie 58-14.

GHS’s only win came against Red Level, who the Wildcats beat 40-14.

“Georgiana has many things that we must be ready for,” Jones sad. “They have gotten better as the year has gone along, so we must have a great week of practice to prepare for them.”

The main focus at practice this week is just getting better, Jones said.

“When we are our best, we feel we can be a quality football team,” he said.

When asked how he thought his team responded last week after losing to Kinston 14-12 the week before, Jones said he was “proud.”

“I am very proud of the way our team responded,” he said. “We talk about responding to different situations in our locker room all the time. How you handle success and how you respond to adversity is important not just in football, but in life.”

This week will provide another opportunity for the Wildcats to go out on the gridiron and prove to their opponents that they are a worthy opponent, Jones said.

“We want to continue to play with a chip on our shoulder,” he said. “Our young men are excited about this week as we are excited every week.”

Kick off at Mathews Stadium in Florala is at 7 p.m.