CATS’ KEEP CHUGGING ALONG: Florala continues to find was to improve team

Published 12:05 am Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Florala Wildcats (1-4, 0-3) look to get things going in the right direction as they prepare to take on Houston Academy (3-1, 2-1) on Friday night in Florala.

“Our biggest thing this week is to get back to doing what we do,” Florala head coach Scott Mason said. “We are really trying to get everyone back healthy so that we can go back to doing the things we want to do.”

A rash of injuries over the first half of the season has left the Wildcats with very little depth.

“We are trying to fix a few things and get people healthy for the second half of the season,” Mason said. “We’ve had to change what we wanted to do because of injuries. We just didn’t have bodies to put in the places that we needed. Hopefully, we get a couple of our running backs back this week, but we had a few more that got dinged up last week.”

Mason said that he knows Houston Academy is going to be a tough team.

“They are going to play you hard,” Mason said. “Like a typical Jamie Riggs coached team, there is no mystery with what they are going to do. They are going to come right dead at you. We are going to have to block and tackle well to win. As long as we do what we do, I think we are going to be all right, but it’s not going to a cake walk by any means.”

Mason said he wants to see the team get back to doing what they do.

“We are working on fundamentals and getting back to doing what we do,” Mason said. “We have to be careful and cut out mental mistakes. They aren’t going to be flashy and we know what to expect from Houston Academy. I want to see us being more physical and giving the licks instead of taking them. I hope everyone comes out Friday night to watch a good football game between two teams with completely different styles.”

Florala holds a 4-2 lead in the series with Houston Academy, but this will be the first time the two squads have meet on the gridiron since 1999.

Kickoff between Florala and Houston Academy is set for 7 p.m., Friday in Florala.