“They were excited about the win,” head coach Bobby Fairley said. ”It has been a long time coming, but they know that we have a tough opponent this week. We have been working hard, they are one of the top teams in the region.”
Fairley said his team has been battling sickness and injuries this week, but he hopes his team will be close to full strength night.
“It has been good,” Fairley said. “We have been battling some colds and a couple of pulled muscles. Other than that, hopefully, we will be close to full strength. We have to be full strength; we don’t have enough kids not to be full strength. We can’t afford not to be full strength.”
Woodland (0-1) enters tonight’s game looking to bounce back from a 69-20 defeat to Bowden High School in Georgia.
“They played a good football team last week in Bowden,” Fairley said. “Bowden always has a good team. I think this may be one of their better teams. They ran into a buzz saw and it is going to be a reverse. Them playing Bowden is going to be the same as us playing them. We just don’t have many kids and they have an experienced ball club that’s physical and well coached. We have our hands full; we are going to try to represent ourself the best that we can.”
The Lions struggled tackling in space last week against the Silent Warriors. Fairley said their tackling issues stems from not having contact drills in practice.
“We did a poor job of tackling,” Fairley said. “That goes back to we have not been able to do a lot of live work. We have 15 kids and we can’t afford to hurt them in practice. That was really the first full speed contact that they had since I have started with them for three weeks now. They had some good strong running backs and we learned the hard way. We are going to get better tackling. We have to really improve.”
The Lions duo of Shawn Traywick and Reece Taylor combine for 223 rushing yards. Traywick earned The Daily Home Player of the Week honors for 143 yards and three touchdowns performance.
“We moved the ball pretty good on the ground against them,” Fairley said. “We are probably going to have to be able to throw it a little bit more in order to open it up a little bit this week.”
The Lions hopes their offense can serve as their best defense tonight. Fairley hopes that his offense can string together drives to keep Woodland’s offensive unit on the sideline.
“We want to control the pace and hopefully, we will keep it close until the fourth quarter and catch a break some where,” Fairley said.
Woodland leads the series 1-0.
Kick off is set for 7 p.m. from Richard Adams Stadium in Pell City.