THEIR EYES ON THE PRIZE: Florala Wildcats have playoffs in sights

Published 12:05 am Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Florala Wildcats (3-5, 2-3) need to keep winning to get into the playoffs as they get ready to take on Pleasant Home (1-6, 1-4) on Friday night in Florala.

“Honestly, it’s going to be a good game,” Florala head coach Scott Mason said. “Pleasant Home is a going to play us hard. They are very well coached and they are going to be ready to play. These are two close communities and it should be a very good game.”

Florala has picked up wins the past two weeks and have moved into playoff contention.

“We are finally getting healthy and starting to play to our potential,” Mason said. “The kids knew that we had a tough stretch of games to begin the year and they never quit believing. Not only did have a ton of injuries, but we played some of the best teams in our classification to start the year. We started getting back on track a few weeks ago against Elba and then really picked it up against Houston Academy.”

Injuries have been an issue for the Wildcats, but Mason said they are finally getting guys back to playing form.

“Injuries really got us to begin the year,” Mason said. “We are finally getting our feet back under us. Jacob (Hammac) is about 90 percent healthy and that is really good for us. We are also getting two more guys back this week that have been out. We are getting the feel again for things.”

Despite the injuries, Mason said he has been pleased with how his players have responded.

“We had to have young and inexperienced players step into spots before they were ready,” Mason said. “There just wasn’t any way around that fact. Those kids, especially the ones that filled in on the offensive line, have really stepped up and played very well.”

Mason said that the Wildcats will have to bring their “A” game to beat Pleasant Home.

“This is a very good football team and their record doesn’t reflect how dangerous of a football team they are,” Mason said. “We are going to have to be fundamentally sound and stay with our assignments on defense. They run a lot of misdirection on offense. We have to be sound on our assignments, stay home and play our game. It’s going to be a knock-down-drag out game. I will be highly surprised if it’s not a close game.”

On Friday night, Mason said the Wildcats will be honoring their seniors.

“We are going to do Senior Night on Friday,” Mason said. “I want to encourage everyone to come out and enjoy a great football atmosphere. I expect that it’s going to be a great game.”

Florala and Pleasant Home are set to begin at 7 p.m., Friday in Florala.