“It is another big game, another big week,” Munford head coach Will Wagnon said. “We don’t really don’t have any weeks off in the schedule, it is a pretty tough schedule we have been through so far. We some of tough games continuing after week five. We are trying to take it one week at a time and not worry as much about who the opponent is as we are how we play and what we do.”
Last week, Munford (4-0) defeated Jacksonville, 36-20 to earn their best start in 30 years. Monteo Garrett led the way offensively for the Lions as he rushed for 97 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw for 102 yards. The Lions had several players back up players to play well in the place of several starters. With Rocky Smith out the lineup last week, Charles Smith rushed for 65 yards, while QT Elston recorded a rushing touchdown. Wagnon hopes that he will get the same type of production of his reverses this week.
“We actually have a couple of injuries right now,”Wagnon said. “I think that is going to be important to see if the backups can step up and be as good as the starters. That happened last week, we had some banged up last week and two guys did step up. Hopefully, the ones banged up we have some guys step up tomorrow and fill the void.”
The Volunteers of Central of Clay County defeated Holtville, 28-0 last week. Fourth ranked Central of Clay Central has one of the best defenses in Class 4A. Through four games they have only allowed 14 points and they have shut out their last three opponents.
“Even from both schools historically great,” Wagnon said. “They believe that they are going to go out and win every game when you face them. They are very fundamentally sound and they have some good athletes. They are a pretty solid football team. They will be a tough team to beat.”
Last season, the Lions were unable to handle the hype surrounding their game against Central of Clay County. Munford got off to a slow start in their 42-14 loss. This season, Wagnon believes his team knows what to expect and that they have more confidence this time around than they had last season.
“We are confident right now,” he said. “I hope we are not over confident, we are confident right now. Last year, I don’t know what we expected out of Clay Central. I think we expected more than we should have. Hopefully, this year we understand that we are in the same league as them. They are not in a different league than we are. They are 4A just like we are and the number of football players are close to the same, so if we play well then we should be OK.”
Defensively, the Lions allowed 20 points to a high powered Jacksonville offense who came in averaging 44 points per game. Dominique Thomas rushed for 163 yards, which included a 69 yard touchdown run and several big runs against the Lions second team late in the fourth quarter. Munford’s defensive pressure on the Eagles’ quarterback was relentless the entire game. The Lions only allowed 63 yard through the air.
“The last touchdown they score we put some people in,” Wagnon said. “We were trying to get some experience. Jacksonville did a good, their running back is tough. Jacksonville had some big time play makers and really to give up three touchdowns we basically held them in check. I think they were averaging 45 points per game. To only give up 20, I think our defense was very solid.
Turnovers have been a problem for the Lions this season. In their last three games, the opposing teams have turned a Lions turnover into points. Wagnon knows if his team is going to leave Lineville with a victory they can’t commit costly turnovers. He also believes that his team has to win the battle in the trenches.
“We have to protect the football, which we have not been able to do yet,”Wagnon said. “The front offensively and defensively are going to have to have an outstanding game. Our offensive and defensive line are going to have to be able to move them. No turnovers and not many penalties.”
Central of Clay County leads the series 1-0.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.