The Sumrall Bobcats look to keep things moving forward as they travel to Greene County Friday night. This will be the first district game for the Bobcats, and they look to carry the momentum of last week’s win over Newton County forward.
After not scoring a point in the past three games, the Bobcats got back in the end zone and a much-needed win heading into district play.
Senior Gabriel Cocroft led the way for the Bobcats with 120 yards rushing on just 18 carries. The defense showed improvement as they held Newton County to just six points.
Coach Shannon White has seen improvement in the past week and knows how important the win is for the Bobcats as they gear up for the second half of the season.
“The win was big for our team,” White said. “I was very pleased with our blocking. Gabe had great production running the ball. We are showing signs of improvement on offense so hopefully we can build on that moving forward.
Greene County has had an extra week to prepare for the Bobcats. Coming off of a bye week, the 2-3 Wildcats look to balance offensive play to district play. The passing game has averaged 110 yards per game and 143 yards on the ground. Even though the Wildcats have a losing record, the team has had a tough first half of the season playing schools that are in a class ahead of them.
White understands that the record is deceiving and his main focus is getting his team ready for the important road game.
“They have a great football team,” White said. “They have stepped up in classification. Playing tough schools will only make you better and they are playing great right now. Their quarterback was hurt for most of the first half of the season. This kid is really good. We have to focus on containing him throughout the game. They grow them big down there. All phases of their team are really strong. Their record is very misleading with the tough schedule and injuries.”
The message for the Bobcats remains the same heading into the second half of play.
“We don’t change our message to these kids in district play,” White said. “Everything we do stays the same, the only thing that will change is the intensity and environment of district games. Every game is equally important for us. We know they are going to bring their best, so we need to stay focused and execute for four quarters.”