“Loachapoka is a real good football team,” head coach John Limbaugh said. “They’ve got a good football coach, coach Tate has done a great job there and always has every year. There’s a lot of rich football history at Loachapoka. We’ll have to play our best game.”
The Wolves are a perfect 3-0 at home this season.
“We’re undefeated at home due to our kids working hard and doing the things that the coaches ask them to do,” Limbaugh said. “We’re undefeated at home because of our home crowd. Everyone really comes out and supports us; I’m so proud of our home fans. They really get into it and give us that momentum we need when we need it. We can always count on them to be here and to cheer and to support.”
Limbaugh believes Fayetteville (5-1) will have to play their best game of the season to beat the top team in their region, Loachapoka (5-1).
“We’ve got to have good play out of our defensive ends, good play out of our linebackers, and good play out of our corners,” Limbaugh said. “We’ve got to have a good defensive stand. Offensively, we’ll have to do what we do: be able to run the football. Our offensive line will have to be able to control the line of scrimmage. We can have no turnovers in this game; it’s got to be a turnover-free game. We have to be able to control the clock; that’s what we look at doing in this game is control the clock.”
The Wolves are in a tie for second place in the region with St. Jude. Both teams have a 3-1 region record. Loachapoka is 4-0 in region play. A win against Loachapoka would put Fayetteville at the top of the region. More importantly, it would give the Wolves enough region wins for a playoff berth, a big goal for the team this year.
“We’re extremely pleased with what’s been happening this year, but there’s always that next game, that next week,” Limbaugh said. “We’re looking forward to the challenge, looking forward to the opportunity that’s there. It’s a region game and a win against Loachapoka puts us in the playoffs and then we can go from there. It would be one of our first goals. We’ve met some of our goals this year already, but we’re continuing on that pace to achieve all the goals we have set. The next goal to achieve is the playoffs. Our kids are wanting that and working toward that. We’re just excited about the opportunity that’s presented to us. It is a great challenge and we’ll have to get good play out of our players and good coaching out of our staff and maybe we’ll come out of this thing with a win. We’re certainly going to do our best.”
Limbaugh said his team has managed to maintain their focus this week, despite a multitude of distractions due to homecoming.
“It’s been an energetic week of practice,” Limbaugh said. “We’ve had a talk with them a couple of times and they know what’s at stake, they know what they have to do, but their mind is in it even though it is homecoming week. Homecoming always brings a lot of distractions, but these kids are not allowing those distractions to deter us from the goals that are at hand. They know what’s at stake.”
Fayetteville hosts Loachapoka for their homecoming tonight at 7 p.m.