According to the Alabama High School Football Historical Society website, this is the first time in school history Fayetteville has started the season out 2-0. The team earned The Daily Home’s team of the week honor following their 40-7 win at Winterboro.
“There’s a first time for everything,” head coach John Limbaugh said. “It’s just evidence of a lot of hard work going on by a lot of people. Of course, the players are working hard. They’re doing things the right way. They’re working hard on the practice field and in the classroom. When you’ve got that going on, good things are going to happen. Kids are the ones that win ball games. All of our coaches are working real hard in every area. Our volunteer coaches (Johnny Guy, Eric Nichols, and Daryl Green) are working real hard. They’re doing a good job. We have coach (Mark) Reed and coach (Chad) Wilkinson doing a great job on the defensive side of the ball. Our offensive line is really making a big push. Where our offensive line goes, we go. Our community is totally behind us. If you noticed the crowd that was there at the Winterboro game, we had more people there than they did. Our community is supporting us very, very well. When you get all that going behind you, it’s a real big push. You can’t help but go somewhere when you’re getting a push like that.”
This is a game of importance for Fayetteville because it holds regional implications. The Wolves won their first region game 40-7 last week on the road against Winterboro, a team they hadn’t defeated since 2007. This is yet another opportunity to get a crack at a team Fayetteville hasn’t beaten in some time—in fact, in the case of Wadley, a team they have never beaten.
“Wadley presents some difficulties for us because they’re a good football team, one that has 11 juniors,” Limbaugh said. “So, they’ve got a lot of older leadership on the team. They’ve got a good coach, coach (Ken) Fordham that came from Handley. He was the offensive coordinator at Handley. Handley has been playing good football for years and Wadley is a football powerhouse, has been for a long time now. We have our work cut out of us, but everybody has been working toward that effort toward winning the ball game.
The Wolves loss to the Bulldogs, 40-0 last season. Limbaugh hopes the team has grown from last year’s blowout loss.
“I hope we learned a lot from last year’s loss,” he said “Everything went wrong last year. We were late getting there. We didn’t warm up well. The first play from scrimmage wasn’t what we wanted, so everything kind of lined up backwards. That was the game that I tagged our worst game last year, but we work hard in practice to correct those mistakes. Those were the mistakes of a young team. Last year, we were rebuilding. Hopefully, those mistakes have been corrected to where we can play football in a competitive manner where we can win the ball game this year.”
Besides being a team with experience and solid coaching, Limbaugh sees Wadley’s running game as being the top problem for his team.
“Our defense has to be able to stop their run,” Limbaugh said. “They’ve got some good guys. Their quarterback, Caleb Calhoun no.10 is a good one, so we’ve got to stop him. We’ve got to stop a couple of their running backs—their fullback, their tailback (Devarsie) Greathouse no.33 and (Kamaury) Avery no.34. We’ve got to stop those guys. We’ve got to stop them out on the edge. They have a good tailback—Chandler McClain—and they like to give him the ball in little quick situations, like a sweep. We’ve just got to step up defensively to stop their run. That’s the main concern right now.”
After offensive outpourings of 40 or more points in the team’s first two games, Limbaugh just wants to see more of the same from that unit, especially the strong play from his offensive line.
“Where our offensive line goes, we go,” Limbaugh said. “We’ve got to have a big push on the offensive line—all those guys. A huge part is the play of Steven Brasher at right tackle and the play of Hunter Goins at left tackle. We need to be able to continue to run the football. Last week, we had a tailback—Dustin Ingram—who got almost 200 yards rushing. We’ve got to have that continue this week to have a chance to win the ball game. We’ve got to have good things from our quarterbacks. They’ve done a good job so far. We want to have zero turnovers. Hopefully, we’ll create turnovers.”