“I think the world of coach (Anthony) Jacks and really appreciate all that he has done there at Comer,” Fayetteville head coach John Limbaugh said. “He called me—and he and I had talked before—then he called me a little bit later on with an idea of getting this thing going back between our two schools. We have a great relationship with B.B. Comer and we wanted to get this thing going again. They’ll be coming here next year. We’ll keep that relationship right here in the community.”
Limbaugh said playing against Comer is a natural fit for the Wolves because of the shared similarities in style of play among the two teams.
“They’re a hard-nosed football team,” Limbaugh said. “They’re going to get in the I-formation, they’re going to run trap, they’re going to run sweep, they’re going to run lead, and they’re just going to come and pound it right at you. They’re a lot like we are. That’s a lot of our offense right there is: running out of the I-formation, pound and ground that football down the field. So, we’re going to see a lot of ourselves there. I think our kids are going to feel like we’re playing ourselves for a little while. We fully expect them to just come right at us. It should be fun.”
Fayetteville senior lineman Steve Brasher is ready to get on the field in a game-type situation against a few familiar faces.
“The team is ready to go,” Brasher said. “We’re all excited. We’re all ready to hit somebody else for the first time. I know Comer. I’ve got a couple of good buddies on Comer: Dylan McClure and Tyler Holmes. Two good buddies and I’m sure they’ll do good; we’re just going to have to do better.”
Fayetteville and Comer open the jamboree action at 6 p.m. Fayetteville will also play Ohatchee in the third game of the night. Limbaugh expects Ohatchee to also be a worthy adversary.
“I know Ohatchee is going to run the football,” Limbaugh said. “I don’t know how much they’re going to put it in the air against us at a jamboree game, but we’ll be ready. They’re a well-coached football team. Ohatchee has been known for football for years, so we’re real excited about playing Ohatchee and seeing where we’re at. It’s going to tell a lot about ourselves—where we’re at, both these teams. We’re excited about it and ready to go play a football game. We’re tired of hitting on each other; we’re ready to hit on somebody else.”
Limbaugh expects to give his two senior quarterbacks a share of the snaps at the jamboree.
“Jonathan Harbin and Tyari Powell-Welch are both really good football players,” Limbaugh said. “When it came down to whom I was going to choose, I chose both. The reason I did that is because both of them give us a little bit of a different look. Both can run the whole offense; both can go to the left or the right. It’s not: when this guy is in we’re going to throw or when this guy is in we’re going to run. That’s not it at all. They can both do equally well at a lot of things, but they both give us kind of a different edge when they’re in. They’re both seniors. They’re both mature players, so I’m very excited about the prospect.
Harbin is confident in his team heading into the jamboree.
“We’ve been working ever since the start of summer,” Harbin said. “We’ve been lifting a lot more, running harder and we’ve been working hard, so I think we’ve got a pretty good chance.
Limbaugh has seen a desire to do well on the faces of his players throughout fall camp.
“The thing about these kids is they really are truly a hungry team,” Limbaugh said. “I know that’s cliché; you hear that a lot from coaches, but this team really is a hungry team and they’re ready to play against an opponent. They’re ready to prove themselves on the football field. I look forward to a really good year of football. It should be fun for the fans to come and watch this year.”