“I think they are ranked right now,” Munford head coach Will Wagnon said. “They are an outstanding football team. Coach Short is open of the better coaches in the area and he always has teams that fundamentally great. They play fundamentally great and they do some great stuff that’s hard to scheme against. I it’s going to be a tough match up. Last season, it came down to a last second touchdown. They got about the same number coming back as we do, so I think it is going to be pretty evenly matched game I hope. Hopefully, we can make enough big plays and play well enough to come out on top.”
The Lions (2-0,1-0) cruised past rival Lincoln, 37-12 last Friday night in their region opener. Wagnon was pleased that his team came out victorious. But he saw several things his team has to improve on.
“Up front we did Ok, but we went back and watched film and saw a lot of things that we could improve,” he said. “We played hard upfront, that’s great and I am proud of that but there were some errors that we had on our line that needs to improve. We had some alignment issues; we had too many dropped passes, so things like that we have to improve. We even had some alignment errors on defense. The defense played outstanding, but we still have some areas that we need to fix. It wasn’t a perfect ball game and that is a good sign. Effort got us through that game. We still got a lot of room for improvement and that is a good sign. As long as we keep improving we will be OK.”
The Tigers (2-0,1-0) enter Friday’s game with momentum. Cleburne County defeated Anniston
36-12. Last season, the Tigers went 5-5 and lost three games by seven points or less including a 27-20 loss to Munford. Then Lions linemen will have to stop a Cleburne County offense that runs several unbalanced looks.
“(Cleburne County) does a lot of misdirection,” Wagnon said. “They do a lot of unbalanced, they try to get you out of whack with different formations and they have a really good running back. He is one of the better ones in the area. I think his name is Bolton, he is an outstanding running back and this quarterback is good. They are a good team and they are going to be tough to face. We are going to have to go out and play a great ball game to win.”
Monteo Garrett had a huge game for Munford last week. The senior rushed for 239 yards and four touchdowns. He also threw for 100 yards and a touchdown. For his performance against Lincoln, he earned the Daily Home Player of the Week.
“Monteo had a great night the other night,” Wagnon said. “He understands that he still has some things that he has to work on. We watched film and we saw some areas of improvement. He played really hard and made some big time plays. That is what we expect out of him; we need to get back now and make sure all of our fundamentals are correct, all of our steps, all of our alignment and all of our throws are correct. When he had the ball in his hands the other night he made the plays. That was the differences of winning the ball game –his ability to make big plays.”
Wagnon believes his team has to win the battle upfront and the turnover battle to leave Heflin with a win.
“Win the battle up front, protect the football and win special teams,” he said.
Munford plays Cleburne County in Heflin Friday at 7 p.m.