“We are fighting for our lives for the next five weeks,” Lincoln head coach Brad Wallace said. “We know what our season is. We are on the second half of our season. We are trying to put that behind us right now and focus on the next five and create a new season out of this.”
The first-year head coach could sense urgency from his team in practice this week. Wallace can tell that his team has improved a lot since the opening game of the season.
“We have been getting after it,” Wallace said. “It has been physical. The team has come out and practiced hard this week and it hasn’t been any let down. They played a good team in Etowah last week. They really tried to come out and show something this week. I think they see they are getting better on tape.”
With all the homecoming festivities going on, Wallace said his player have focused on football. He said he talked with them the beginning of the week about making good decisions this week.
“We have been doing good,” Wallace said. “We really haven’t had any distractions this week. I told them on Monday they have to be mature this week. Our maturity level has to be high and make it through the week without any distractions that will get us behind as a football team.”
Cherroke County enters tonight’s game fighting to stay alive in the region race just like their opponents the Lincoln Golden Bears. The Warriors are 2-3 overall and 1-2 in region play. They are coming off a 40-16 win over Class 2A Ider.
“They have a very good offensive line,” Wallace said. “They have a lot of size across their line. Their quarterback is really good; their running back is a young guy that is really showing some promise for them. We are going to have to get them stopped. They run a lot of counter stuff and we are trying to be able to fill up the back door on a lot of that stuff.”
Last week, Lincoln (1-4, 1-2) fell to Etowah 28-21 in a non-region contest. Lincoln has been in several close games this season. The Golden Bears are 1-3 in games decided by seven or less points. Wallace said there are a few plays that have prevent his team from 4-1 instead of 1-4.
“We have to cut down on what we call the handfuls, Wallace said. “The handful is five mistakes that happen and make us look bad when we give up long plays on third and long. We had a punt return last week and we had six guys around it. We see it on tape and the kids see it on tape. They understand that we had people where they were supposed to be, but we have to make the plays when we are supposed to be there. It is going to be one of those deals where we need complete focus through four quarters. That is one thing that we are still working on as a football team.”
Wallace believes if his team plays make free football, capitalize off the Warriors mistakes and play for the entire 48 minutes they will have a chance to stay alive in the region race.
“Focus, make sure we doing give up the big play and just being emotional having some excitement on the field,” Wallace said.
Lincoln hosts Cherokee County tonight at 7 p.m.