'Antsy' Wolves ready to play
by LaVonte Young
Apr 30, 2011 | 1610 views |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FAYTTEVILLE — Morris Phillips, head coach of the Fayetteville Wolves, expects emotions to be running high when his team takes the field against Holy Spirit Monday afternoon in the second round of the AHSAA Class 1A playoffs.

The Titans will be playing for Tuscaloosa, which was devastated by the recent tornadoes. The twisters claimed the lives of 345 people, 36 of which were in Tuscaloosa.

Playing with that much heart, Phillips knows Holy Spirit will try to send the Wolves home with a loss.

“It is something that we can’t control,” Phillips said. “I think Holy Spirit is going to come out wanting to lay it on us just because they have something to play for now. They are defending their town and their city. They are dealing with these tornadoes and the destruction of Tuscaloosa. They are going to be ready to play ball and put it on us and support their city. For us, we try to treat it as just another game, but it seems like the longer we wait the anticipation is getting greater and we are just ready to play.”

Phillips is excited about the team that he is taking down to Holy Sprit (9-18). He knows if they play together as a team they will have a chance to try get some revenge against the team that put them out of the semifinals last season. The Titans swept Wadley to advance to the second round last week.

“We are excited about playing Holy Spirit, well at least I am,” Phillips said. “ I know this is the team that put us out this year, but I also know that we are a better team this year. I am excited about that and to go over and get our revenge from last year. Hopefully we can pull it out, I know we have the team to do it. I just hope we play together as a team, don’t make silly mistakes and play baseball.”

The second-ranked Wolves (22-5) are facing their longest layoff since the season started and they are to play a game now.

“To me it is one of those up and down things right now,” Phillips said. “We are still trying to figure out when we are going to play. It is just one of those mind games and here we are we can’t play any games. We are antsy. It is going to be over a week since we played, so we are ready to play. We are ready to quit practicing and play ball.”

Phillips was pleased with their sweep over Shades Mountain Christian, but he was upset with the mistakes the Wolves made fielding.

“Don’t get me wrong, I am very blessed and fortunate that we won because they are a lot of teams that aren’t get to practicing this week and wont be playing on (Monday) and I am blessed for that,” Phillips said. “At the same time we didn’t play as good as I thought we should of played. We made a lot of mistakes; I think in two games we made nine errors. If we expect to be a good team and make it deep in the playoffs we cant make nine errors in two games, that is not going to get it. It is one of those bittersweet things; I am excited that we won, but at the same time we have to make better plays.”

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