Florala eyes running back duo

Published 12:01 am Friday, September 6, 2013

Florala will be setting its sights on Geneva County’s TJ Green and Nick Carroll tonight as the Wildcats host the Bulldogs for their first region contest of the regular season.

FHS is coming off a 40-28 first-week victory over Central Hayneville. Class 1A sixth-ranked GCHS beat 2A Wicksburg 34-6 last week.

Wildcats head football coach Bubba Nall said the Bulldogs are “solid,” noting that Green, a running back, and Carroll, a fullback, are “man children.”

“When you put them on screen, the first thing that pops out is that they have two outstanding running backs,” Nall said. “That’s going to be a challenge to get them stopped. I feel like we have a good plan for them, and our defense looks forward to the opportunity to do that.”

Nall said GCHS is a physical team with good defense.

“They moved up to No. 6 in the state this week, and there’s a reason for that,” he said.

The Bulldogs run out of a Wing-T offensive scheme, which has been their go to for the past three years, Nall said.

“They do a great job doing it,” the coach said. “They have a little misdirection off of it. The quarterback (Skylar Pensyl) is just a solid player.”

Stopping Geneva County’s run is a must this week, Nall said.

“That’s our challenge for our kids this week,” he said. “Our defense, we need to be able to try to keep the running backs corralled a little bit.”

Offensively, the Wildcats have had a tough time with turnovers, especially in the last two weeks.

“We have been uncharacteristic in turning the football over,” Nall said. “We’ve got to do a bettter job of that. I think if we do that, and try to stay in the game as long as we can, the better opportunity we’ll have this week.”

Kickoff tonight is at 7 at Mathews Stadium.