KEEP THE TRAIN ROLLING: Wildcats look to pick up 2nd straight win

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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The Florala Wildcats (1-0) are coming off of a big win and look to keep things rolling as they prepare to travel on Friday to take on Cottage Hill Christian in non-region action.

“I thought at times we played real well and at times we didn’t,” Florala head coach Toby Greene said about last week’s win. “We kind of had them on the ropes a little bit and had a lot of errors that you have in the first game that let them back in the game. I’m proud of our kids for finding a way to win. I think through that we can build off of that more than a game that was an easy win.”

Greene said he wants to continue to see his team get better.

“I just want to see an improved football team,” Greene said. “We’ve preached that we want to be better week by week and that’s what we want to see next Friday night.”

This is just the second meeting between the two schools with Cottage Hill winning last year’s contest 42-14.

“They are a good team,” Greene said. “We know they have a lot of players back from last year. Of course, they were 2A, Region 1 champs. We know they have a really good football team and they are well coached. We feel like they are going to run the spread offense. They have a lot of speed and a lot of play makers on the field. Defensively, they certainly have one of the best players we will face. They have two good linebackers that are All-State type guys”

Cottage Hill hasn’t played a game this year, but finished last year 10-2 before falling in the second round of the playoffs.

Green said there are few things the Wildcats need to do in order to be successful.

“We have to eliminate the mental mistakes,” Greene said. “We also have to do a good job of tackling in open space. I feel like if we can take care of those things then we give ourselves a chance to be successful.”

Greene said the Wildcats have shown a lot of energy.

“We have had really good practices,” Greene said. “We had a lot of good energy Friday night. We actually had a pretty good size crowd that came down to watch the game. I was very pleased with community’s support. I felt like in that second half the we really came out with a lot of energy on defense.”

While there is room for improvement, Greene was pleased with his team’s performance.

“I thought we threw and caught the ball well,” Greene said. “The offensive line did a great job giving us time to throw the ball. That’s a group that just has one returning starter and I felt like they really grew up.”