Florala faces Kinston with playoff spot on the line

Published 11:00 am Wednesday, October 19, 2022

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After seeing an end to a five-game winning streak last week, Florala (6-2, 4-2 1A Region 2) returns home to face Kinston (3-5, 2-4) in a region game with huge playoff implications Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.

The two teams meet for the 35th straight season with the Wildcats holding a slight 18-16 edge over the Bulldogs.

“This is a big week for both Florala and Kinston. With everything I’ve gathered and calculated, this is a do-or-die situation for the playoffs. Kinston is a really hard-nosed football team and has run a lot of similar plays to us. They love to run power football, and that’s what we run. I told Coach (Rudy) Free there was going to be a lot of power run in the game this week, so it should be fun,” Head Coach Jordan Cantrell said.

Cantrell was proud of the Wildcats for giving it their all in their last game on the road.

“It was a wild atmosphere at Elba, but our guys played really hard. There were some questionable calls here and there with a few touchdowns being called back. We’re proud of the guys for working hard against a really good football team and battling through the adversity.”

Kinston won last season’s matchup at Florala, 35-20. Both teams are coming off region losses last week when the Wildcats fell in Elba, 55-27, and the Bulldogs dropped a home contest against McKenzie, 38-22.