“It is going to be a real tough game,” Munford head coach Will Wagnon said. “Death Valley is a hard place to play. They are a good football team and we are going to have to play well.”
The Lions (4-1, 3-1) enter the second half of the season with control of their own destiny in the region race. Munford has a 3-0 record in Class 4A Region 5 and 4-1 record overall. Central of Clay County gave Munford their first loss of the season last week, 30-14. Wagnon said his team isn’t looking ahead, they are taking it one game at a time.
“We are just trying to take it one game at a time,” he said. “We are trying to get this one and we will worry about the next one next week. We were 4-0 and we had our first loss, so hopefully, we can learn from it. Hopefully, it will be a blessing in disguise.”
Wagnon said his team bounced back from last week’s loss and had a good week of preparation for Alexandria.
“We had a pretty good week,” Wagnon said. “We got better and that is what we need to do.”
The Lions’ line had a hard time keeping standout Monteo Garrett off of his back. The senior was sacked four times by the Volunteers. Garrett had 84 yards passing and he rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Munford only had 106 yards on the ground for the game, while Central of Clay County racked up 303 yards on the ground.
The Lions have several players that are banged up after last week’s game against a very physical Central of Clay County team. This week, running back Rocky Smith is supposed to return the Lions, which may provide the Lions a spark offensively.
“Well, we are pretty healthy,” the fourth year coach said. “We are a little banged up. We are going to have almost everybody playing. We got some bumps and bruises; everybody is a little banged up. When you get to week six everybody is banged up. We just have to continue to move forward.”
Alexandria enters tonight’s game looking to bounce back after getting beat down by Saks 35-0 last week.
The Valley Cubs (2-3, 2-1) are in a three-way tie for second place in the Class 4A Region 5 standings.
“We are going to have to protect the football,”Wagnon said. “We are going to have to win the special teams battle. That is one thing that Clay Central really beat us on was field position on special teams. We need to do better job with that and we need to play great upfront.”
Alexandria leads the series 14-8-1. The Valley Cubs won their last meeting 41-35 in overtime last season.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. from Lou Scales Stadium in Alexandria.