According to head coach Alan Beckett, his players have maintained a determined attitude despite facing a difficult slate of opponents.
“We’ve played a pretty tough schedule between playing a 3A that’s 3-1, a real good Comer team to playing the No.2 team in the state (Maplesville) to playing a TC team that’s definitely on the rise and that’s done a lot of good things—they’re really close to a big-time busting through,” Beckett said. “Saint Jude was very talented. Fayetteville—there’s another 3-1 team. We’ve played some good teams. It’s tough any time your record is where ours is to come in, but I feel like, considering the situation, our guys have come in every day and they’re still here. They’re still going at it.”
Comer head coach Anthony Jacks said his team has tried to steer away from the distractions of last week after having their own homecoming last week. The Tigers (3-1) defeated region opponent Central Coosa 32-0.
“The thing this week has been to get focused,” Jacks said. “I felt like we came off two wins and we had a good win last week, but I still feel like we didn’t play our best. We walked through the first half, had a lot of penalties, and had a lot of mental mistakes. We had a lot of distraction last week with homecoming. The message to our guys is we’re trying to win a region championship. We can’t just play down to our competition; we’ve got to play to a certain standard. We’re really harping this week on playing four quarters of football, staying focused and doing our very best every play. That’s what we’re looking for is four quarters of football, mistake-free and play like a champion this week because that’s what we want to be, so we need to start doing that now.”
Beckett knows beating a 3A team as good as Comer will be a challenge for Winterboro (0-4).
“They’re real good,” Beckett said. “Coach (Anthony) Jacks is doing a great job with them and has brought that program along. You can tell they’re in the weight room. They’re physical and execute what they do real well. They’re a very impressive group.”
Jacks said the key for Comer will be trying to contain Winterboro’s offensive skill players.
“They’ve got a couple of playmakers that can really scare you,” Jacks said. “Cardri Duncan is a very good player back there. Jaylen Ashley can run the ball real well. They’ve got Brady Wideman at quarterback and a big offensive line. Like I said, they’ve got those guys that can really take it the distance. We’ve got to make sure that we’re focused on getting lined up correctly and tackling in space because with their spread offense they can put you in a bind, they can put you one-on-one, and make one guy miss.”
One of Winterboro’s running backs, BJ Twyman, returned from injury last week. While still not fully healthy, he is expected to play this week.
“It was the first game with BJ Twyman,”Beckett said. “He really showed flashes of being a really good defensive end and running back. He’s gonna battle nagging injuries all season. He’s gotta work on the small things, being an unselfish blocker and handling adversity. He shows promise if we can take care of the other.”
Beckett has maintained modest goals of trying to take things one day at a time by seeking gradual improvement.
“Our deal is just to try to get a little bit better every day, every play,” Beckett said. “We do a lot of focusing on us, just trying to improve us.”
Winterboro hosts B.B. Comer tonight at 7 p.m.