“Our kids all year long they’ve gotten closer to each other,” Hudson said. “When you bring the kids in from different communities, sometimes you have a problem with that. I just tip my hat to these guys; they’ve really bonded together all year long. Last week, we led 35-31 with seven minutes to go in the ball game and got a first down on the two-yard line we thought. Then, a flag comes out and brought it back. We came back to the six-yard line. Flag comes out and brings that back. We were still up 35-31. We held them on four straight downs and on fourth down; they threw a pass that we had an interference call on. It didn’t turn out our way, but we know that we’re a good football team. We know we played a good game and we just have to build off that.”
Hudson believes the key to beating their opponent this week, Evangel Christian, they will need to win the battle at the line of scrimmage.
“They’re an athletic football team; they’ve got a lot of team speed,” Hudson said. “They’re not a real big football team physically, but they’ve got some weapons. No. 4 is probably as good a player as we’ve seen all year. They like to get him in one-on-one situations. He’s a wide receiver, but he plays all over the place for them and he’s a really, really good football player. The quarterback is real quick. They run a spread offense, so they throw a lot of screen passes. They try to equalize their lack of size with speed and they do a good job with that. It’s a game coming into that we’ve got to be focused, we’ve got to be physical with them, and we’ve got to win at the line of scrimmage. We’re going to run the football and we feel like we have a big advantage in running the football against someone that is not as big as us. It sort of runs into our game that we can run the football and take the clock with us. If we can do that and control the line of scrimmage, I feel real good about our chances.”
This week is homecoming for CVA. Hudson said he has no doubt there will be a stadium packed with fans, just as there has been all season.
“It’s homecoming and I know we’re going to have a huge crowd,” Hudson said. “Our fans have been great all year. We had a huge crowd down at Edgewood last week. It was their homecoming and I’m not too sure our side wasn’t just as packed as theirs was. They support their kids, they support this football team, and they support this program. We had a powder-puff game tonight and the whole stands were filled for a powder-puff game for the girls. That’s what kind of following you’ve got here at Coosa Valley.
They support the kids, they love good athletics, and they love what we’re doing. We’ve had some real close games; it hasn’t turned out our way every game, but we’ve been in every football game with the exception of Restoration. They’ve been games that they fans loved; probably I lost a few hairs over some of them, but it’s been very exciting football.”
CVA hosts Evangel tonight at 7 p.m.