“I have a lot of respect for ASD for what they do there,” head coach John Limbaugh said. “Those guys are playing with what a lot of people consider a disability, but they’re going out there and performing on the field. I have the utmost admiration for what they do at ASD and I wanted to keep them on the schedule.”
Limbaugh said Fayetteville (3-1) has had a good week of practice, as he believes the team grew up last week despite the loss.
“Our kids have responded to the loss at Notasulga,” Limbaugh said. “They know how close they were and we beat us against Nostasulga. We did some things that we can’t do. We drilled the ball on what I consider the game-winning drive; we did some things that hurt us. Mainly, I look at that as my responsibility. I didn’t do a good enough job of preparing my kids to win that close game, so I take full responsibility for that loss. My kids are great kids and they’ll do whatever I ask them to do. So, I’ve got to ask them to do some more things to be capable of winning those close games against those tough teams like Notasulga. Yes they have some athletes, but we have some athletes too. We’ve got to learn from this experience and we will and we have already. We’ll grow from it and hopefully it will help us to win a game in the future.”
Limbaugh said the Wolves’ challenge at ASD (1-2) will be trying to contain the team’s offense.
“They run a double wing set,” Limbaugh said.
“Out of that, you can do multiple things. You can of course lead, you can sweep; there’s several things that you can do with the football. We have to be prepared for all of that. The quarterback will turn and it’s kind of like a little trickeration in their backfield. We have to be aware of where the football is at all times. They’ve been running it for years now and they’ve been running it quite well. They’re very adept at that offense.”
Despite this not having regional implications, Limbaugh doesn’t think that diminishes the value of the game.
“Football is football,” Limbaugh said. “It matters not whether it’s a region game or a non-region game.
“There are a lot of things that we’re going to have to be able to do to beat ASD. They’ve got a good quarterback (Anthony Scott), a good running back (Eddie Thomas), so we’re going to have to go into this game with all intention and seriousness and hope to pull out a victory in this thing.”
Limbaugh believes the Fayetteville faithful will be at ASD for tonight’s game, as they have been strong supporters to this point.
“I’m thankful for our fans and what they do for us each week and we’d love to have a lot of them come out and support us at ASD,” Limbaugh said. “It’s good to have the crowd following us. We have a great following and I’m just so appreciative of what our fans do and how hard our coaches are working and how hard our players are working.”
Fayetteville plays at ASD tonight at 7 p.m.