“It really wasn’t a short week,” Wallace said. “Our kids came 100 percent on Sunday afternoon; we started practice on Sunday afternoon. We practiced Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and we considered today as Thursday. We just treated this like a normal game week. We had to give up part of our time, but that is part of the dedication part of the game. I think our kids are dedicated to this team, so we came in on Sunday and started it up. We implemented the game plan and worked on and tried to make it better actually as the week went on.”
The Golden Bears (3, 4, 3-2) went on the road to defeat Jacksonville, 28-21 last week. Lincoln led 28-7 at point in the game, but the Eagles were able to fight their way back to make it a game. Zay Caldwell had a big game for Lincoln. The sophomore had one rushing touchdown and a 64-yard reception to set up another touchdown. He recorded 83 yards receiving and 56 rushing.
“Last week’s game had a lot of first in it,” Wallace said. “We drove it down the field with offense into the end zone for the first time. Zay Caldwell went wild again. He has had a phenomenal last few weeks. He had a hip pointer and we had to keep him out some contact (drills). He seems to be a lot better today at practice. He had prenominal game last week. To be honest with you our offensive line got after it and our defensive line. It starts in the trenches for both our offensive and defensive line. I thought we had a tremendous effort and we got after it. It was one of those games where you are proud of the kids. They kind of ran out of gas toward the end. We worked on conditioning this week to get us ready for this Thursday night ball game. I think we are turning the corner a little bit and hopefully we can keep getting better.”
Caldwell is one of the leaders in the state in interceptions. Last week he recorded his seventh interception of the season with :59 seconds in the game to seal the victory for the Golden Bears.
“He is just in the 10th grade,” Wallace said. “He is a phenomenal kid. He is very humble. We had to sit him for a day to kind of let that (hip pointer) ease off of him a little bit. Normally when a kid get hurt he is on the side line, but he was behind the coaches at midfield the whole practice trying to get better and mentally prepared for this game as well as well understanding what the game plan is. He has come a long way all week long and I think he is going to be ok.”
The Valley Cubs of Alexandria (3-4, 3-2) defeated Cleburne County, 28-24 to stay alive in the region race.
“If you say Alexandria you know that’s football country,” Wallace said. “It has been 1993 since we beat Alexandria. We have only played them three times since 1993 since we actually got a win. We talked about that as a team. It is going to be a tough opponent; we know that they have a great offensive and defensive line. They run the ball really well, they have good receivers that go after balls that they are not supposed to be able to catch and the quarterback is pretty dang good too. He manages the ball game very well. It is going to be a tough ball game and we know that. Anytime Alexandria and Lincoln plays it is going to be tough.”
Wallace believes his team has to play well in all three aspects of the game to beat Alexandria.
“We can’t hurt ourselves with mistakes,” Wallace said. “We have to tackle well. We can’t allow three yards and a pile of dust. We counted against Heflin they had 70 plays on offense and Heflin had 26 plays. We got to get them off the field and we have to be able to maintain possession on offense. We have to cut out turnovers; if we can keep the ball on our side we will be fine.”