Wildcats to use Brantley game as measuring stick

Published 12:02 am Thursday, October 2, 2014

Florala lost to Georgiana 45-6 earlier this season and the Wildcats will be using this week’s game against top-ranked Brantley as a measuring stick to see how much they’ve improved, head coach Brad Rhodes said.

“Obviously, Brantley is No. 1 and are going to bring a big challenge,” Rhodes said. “They have a great program. It should be an exciting time for our guys.”

The Bulldogs are currently undefeated and have so far scored an average of 41 points per game this year.

“Offensively, they’re balanced and throw the ball well,” Rhodes said. “It’s hard to take on one part of their game. They do both of them so well.”

Defensively, the Wildcats will have to stay on their assignments, the coach said.

Florala is coming off of a big 41-6 homecoming win against Akron last week.

“We had a good week of practice,” Rhodes said.

All week, Rhodes said they have been trying to build up the game.

“The kids aren’t going to hide from it,” he said about the challenge. “We want to see where we stand since the Georgiana loss. We want to see how much we’ve improved.”

Rhodes said the big keys on offense are to play mistake free and keep the ball moving from north to south.

FHS running back and linebacker Levi Thames (knee) will be out for the second week in a row tomorrow night, but Rhodes said he hopes to have him back next week in time for McKenzie.