Florala keeps playoff hopes alive

Published 12:35 am Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Florala Wildcats (3-5, 2-3) kept the playoff dreams alive with a 63-29 victory over the McKenzie Tigers on Friday in McKenzie.

“We played really well tonight,” Florala head coach Scott Mason said. “We had two offensive lineman still out, but the guys that came in and played for them tonight really stepped up and did a great job.”

Mason said that the Wildcats are finally getting healthy and have a chance to finish the year strong.

“We’ve been so beat up all year,” Mason said. “We are finally getting players back and that’s making our offense dangerous. We still have some guys banged up, but we are about 80 percent healthy.”

McKenzie kept the pressure on Florala early, Mason said.

“Coach (Tony) Norris had great game plan for us,” Mason said. “They held the ball and kept our offense off the field for most of the first half. We touched the ball once in the first quarter and three times in the second quarter. They just ran the ball at us with their big quarterback and we had a hard time bringing him down. In the second half, our defense played better and we were finally able to get things going.”

Mason reiterated how glad he was to be getting players back from injuries.

“I’m just so proud we are getting healthy,” Mason said. “Caleb Wood played tonight and he had some big catches for us (Wood had to be airlifted from the field a few weeks ago following a scary head injury). We are picking up right where we left off in week one before all of our injuries started piling up.”

Hammac finished the night with nearly 400 yards passing and five touchdowns.

Hammac also added a rushing touchdown.

Rashaad Coleman had two receiving touchdowns.

Vinson Flowers added a long 80-yard rushing touchdown to help push the Wildcats to victory.