“We’ve had a pretty solid week,” Wagnon said. “We were in a battle last week; we have a lot of bumps and bruises. We have a couple of guys that are banged up. It has been tough; we’ve had to move some people around to try to get them in the right position. For the most part (practice) has been pretty good.”
Last week, Munford (3-0) defeated Class 4A Area 5 foe the Cleburne County Tigers 14-7. The win allowed the Lions to garner enough votes to move into the ASWA top 10 poll for the first time since 1994.
“It is exciting to be ranked,” Wagnon said. “I think the kids deserve some recognition. At the same time we still have a lot of work to do. Those ranking are great, but we still have to make it happen on the field.”
The Lions face the Jacksonville Eagles who are looking to stay undefeated. The Eagles cruised past area foe Cherokee County, 40-14 last week. Jacksonville has one of the most explosive offensives in the state as they enter tonight’s game averaging 44 points per game.
Wagnon knows that his team is going to have to make more explosive plays on offense to defeat the Eagles.
”Jacksonville is a great football team,” Wagnon said. “I think they are averaging 40 points per game. Our defense is playing really well right now. I hope they continue the way they have been playing and our offense is going to have to pick it up. We are going to have to make more big plays and score more points.”
The Lions only explosive play down field last week ended up being the biggest play of the game. With the score tied at 7-7 with less than a minute left in the game, quarterback Monteo Garrett found Tavon Lawson for the 65-yard game winning touchdown. Garrett went 11-20 for 176 yards, a touchdown and two picks. He also rushed for 46 yards and a fumble. Wagnon is confident that his team will not make the same mistakes going into tonight’s game.
“I think they did a good job defensively, they are a good defensive team,” Wagnon said. “We made a lot of mistakes. After watching the film, we made a lot of mistakes. What Cleburne County did they were hurting us, but we were hurting ourselves a lot too. We have a lot that we have to clean up and improve on and I think we will.”
The Lions currently have one of the top defenses in Class 4A. In three games, Munford has allowed 26 points which equals 8.6 points per game. Last week, the Lions were two minutes away from their second shutout of the season.
“We held them to seven points, but we had a bad snap on a punt and they got the ball on the 1- yard line,” Wagnon said. “Really they had a good chance for a shutout against them and Cleburne County is a good offensive team. I think they were averaging 40 points per game. We are tackling, we are getting lined up right, we are playing with a high level of effort and we are tackling well. If you can block or tackle no matter what your scheme is you are going to be successful in football. We are tackling well right now and that is probably the key to our success.”
Last season’s matchup between these teams turned out to be a thrilling contest. Munford scored a late touchdown to give the Eagles their first defeat of the season, 37-35.
Wagnon said his team is going to have to play mistake free football offensively and his team needs to continue to play sound defense to have a good chance of improving to 4-0.
“Offensively, we are going to have to eliminate all of our mistakes,” he said. “Whether that is alignment, fumbling, bad snaps, or missed plays. Offensively, we are going to have to eliminate mistakes. Defensively, we are going to have to continue to tackle well. Hopefully, we can come out and win the special teams battle.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. from Munford Stadium in Munford.
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