Last week, the Lions returned to action after having to forfeit the week before due to not having enough healthy players to field a team. Victory Christian’s head coach Bobby Fairley said his team still has several players hurt, but they are managing to play through it.
“We are hanging in there right now,” Fairley said. “We are still banged up, but they are still able to play.”
“We practice hard all the time,” Fairley said. “Those kids go out there and go. They do a good job at practice.”
The Lions are preparing for another physical contest against Vincent (3-2, 1-3). The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 34-28 victory over TC Central last Friday. Jace Green scored the game-winning touchdown off a deflected pass that he caught and ran for a 32-yard score. Green scored the first touchdown of the game for Vincent with a 48-yard reception; he also recovered a fumble for a 48-yard touchdown.
“They have been playing really good and they are a tough ball club just like everybody else that we have played. They are good and strong. We are in a tough region, they are all good.”
The Lions (1-4, 0-4) fell to Decatur Heritage, 35-8 last Thursday. Shawn Traywick scored the Lions’ only touchdown of the game. Fairley was pleased with the play of several of his players from last week.
“Micah Dorroh had an exceptional game last week,” Fairley said. “Dorroh led us in tackles with 10, while Kyle Robertson was in on nine tackles. Dorroh was 6-10 passing for 35 yards; he also had 60 yards on 13 carries. Shawn Traywick had 90 yards rushing on eight carries. Overall, Dorroh offensively and defensively had a good ball game. He did outstanding.”
The first-year coach believes that his team showed improvement with the fundamentals of the game, such as blocking and tackling in last week’s loss. Fairley knows that his inexperienced team will have to play a perfect game in every aspect of the game to defeat Vincent.
“We have to get better tackling, blocking and executing on offense and defense, “Fairley said. “We need to execute. We have a lot of kids that haven’t played football and it takes time. The more experience you have the better you react to situations. We are learning and getting better at it.”
The Yellow Jackets lead the series 3-0. Vincent won last season’s meeting 59-16.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Harold Garrett Stadium in Vincent on Friday.
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