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PLAYOFF HOPES ON THE LINE: FHS Wildcats look to punch postseason ticket

The Florala Wildcats (4-5, 3-3) have a chance to clinch their first playoff spot since 2007 with a win over the Kinston Bulldogs (2-6, 2-4) on Friday night in Kinston.

“Kinston is good football team,” Florala head coach Scott Mason said. “It’s been 10 years since we’ve beaten them. This is going to be a big game with a lot of playoff implications riding on it.”

This is a bit of a new experience for the Florala players, Mason said of a shot at the playoffs.

“We have  had a really good week of practice,” Mason said. “The kids are focused and excited about the opportunity. For most of them, they don’t even know anyone that played in a playoff game for Florala. The juniors and seniors understand what a big deal this is, but the younger guys don’t fully understand how big of a deal this is for our team.”

Mason said that it won’t be an easy task to knock off the Bulldogs.

“They are good team with a lot of good athletes,” Mason said. “They try to do a lot of different things on offense to make you cover the whole field. They have a very talented quarterback who is capable of running and throwing the football.”

The Wildcats need to continue to play they have been playing to come away with a win, Mason said.

“We just have to continue to do what we do,” Mason said. “If you do ‘B’, we do ‘A’. If you do ‘A’, we do ‘B’. We pride ourselves on being able to make teams have to cover all six of our eligible players. When we can make teams cover six players, that makes us a dangerous team. We will be OK if we keep doing that and we can’t turn the ball over.”

Mason said he expects it to be a hard-fought game.

“I think it’s going to be great game,” Mason said. “I don’t know the guy that is coaching over there, but he seems to do a very good job with them and I expect it to be a competitive four quarter game.”

Florala and Kinston are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., on Friday in Kinston.