Wildcats ready to take year by storm

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Florala Wildcats are loaded with talent and first-year head coach Troy Turman is excited after finishing up summer practices.

“We had a productive summer,” Turman said. “We practiced about 10 days and then played 13 games in a span of four days. I think we finished 10-3. There were some successes and there were some dissapointments. We saw a few areas where we can grow.”

With football season approaching quickly, Turman said it was key for the basketball team to learn as much as they could this summer.

“This year, there is a lot of hope for the football team to have a good year,” Turman said. “Most of my guys have know shifted their focus to football so we needed to have a good summer.”

Turman said he was pleased with how the team competed this summer.

“It really was a productive summer,” Turman said. “It was about as productive as it could be with me just coming in and the kids learning the way that I want to do things. They really picked up a lot things in a short amount of time.”

The Wildcats are set up to have a strong season this year, Turman said.

“We have a lot of quickness this year,” Turman said. “There are also some pretty good shooters. The offense progressed a lot this summer. They began to play more disciplined. We still have areas of concern, but if this team continues to grow and improve, we could make a playoff run.”

Even in the games that the Wildcats lost this summer, Turman said he was pleased with the effort.

“In the game against Georgiana, we were up by three points at half before losing it in the second half,” Turman said. “The next day we played some bigger schools from Florida and we played really well against them. Hopefully, we will continue to get better the deeper the season goes and we will be playing our best ball at the end of the year. This should be a very competitive team. We are really excited to start the season when November rolls around.”

After playing the past few seasons in Class 1A, Area 2, the Wildcats will play in Area 3 this year.

The Wildcats’ area foes will be Brantley, Elba and Kinston.