“We got a few people well right now, we never know how long that is going to last,” Victory Christian head coach Bobby Fairley said. “We have enough to go to Decatur Heritage. We have some ninth graders and a couple of eighth graders that are going to dress out. We are still on the short end as far as bodies go, but we have a few more than we’ve been having because of that.”
Not having enough healthy bodies forced the Lions to forfeit their game last week against Pleasant Valley. In week three, Victory Christian was outmanned physically and outmatched by Wellborn in a 78-0 thrashing.
“We had nine people capable of playing, we had so many injured,” Fairley said. “Probably one of them could have played and that would have given us 10 and he wasn’t really well. We just didn’t have enough. You have to have 11 to start and that is just the kind of what we are now. We are week to week. We got 14 kids right now that are capable of playing on Friday nights.”
Getting the week off really didn’t help Victory Christian for this week’s match up with Decatur Heritage. Fairley said the Lions didn’t have enough players to really start practicing until earlier this week. The game was moved up a day over a scheduling conflict between the team that Decatur Heritage shares their field with, who had a game on Friday night.
“We are a day short, we had some time last week, but you are without the whole team, so the only thing we could do is fundamentals” Fairley said. “We didn’t gain much that week we didn’t play. They played last week, so they are probably going to be worse than us when it comes to assignments.”
Decatur Heritage (1-3) enters tonight’s game looking to build off their first win of the season last week. The Lions defeated Tharptown 35-26 last week.
“They are a good football team,” Fairley said. “They’ve had some tough losses, but they played really good last week and won their first game. They looked real good and they got behind 14-0 and they came back to win the ball game. They are going to be tough; they are not a push over. If we play our best ball game it will be a close ball game.”
Fairley believes if the Lions play mistake free football and make tackles they will have a chance to leave Decatur with their second win of the season.
“We are going to have to execute,” Fairley said. “We are going to have to do our assignments and we are going to have to tackle. We haven’t tackled good all year and until we start tackling we are not going to stop anybody.”