“We are in a good situation,” Munford head coach Will Wagnon said. “We want to finish the season undefeated in the region and finish on top.”
If the Lions defeat Anniston this will be the first time since 1992 that they have gone undefeated in region play. Munford has accomplished several of their regular season goals already through eight games. The Lions clinched a playoff berth, the Class 4A Region 5 title and home field in the first round with their win against Hokes Bluff. A win tonight for the Lions will also clear up the region race for the teams battling for the last three spots in the region.
“We’ve had a big time year,” Wagnon said. “The most of the things that we have done goes back to that year.”
Even though Munford has accomplished several of their regular season goals, they have continued to stay focus and improve every day in practice.
“We’ve had a decent week,” the fourth year head coach said. “We continue to try to get better every day. We are not worry much about our opponent as we are about ourselves. We have to continue to get better. We’ve had a pretty good week. “
The Anniston Bulldogs enter tonight’s game looking to clinch the fourth seed and a playoff berth. The Bulldogs (5-3,3-3) have won three of their last four games, including a 33-7 win over Hokes Bluff last week.
“They are real athletic and they are a good ball club,” Wagnon said. “They are one of the teams in the region that has a chance to make the playoffs just like most of the teams in this really tough region. There aren’t any weeks off for nobody in this region. We are going to go out and do the best that we can.”
Munford (7-1, 6-0) defeated Cherokee County last week, 41-14. Munford defense put together another solid outing. Last week, was the sixth time this season that the Lions have held their opponent to 14 points or less this season.
“They continue to do well,” Wagnon said. “The thing that we are doing really well right now is tackling. We are doing a good job tackling and if you are doing that you are playing good defense. If you can get lined up and you can tackle. We are getting lined up in different formations and we are tackling well.”
Offensively, Munford standout Monteo Garrett completed 8 of 16 passes for 154 yards and a career high four touchdowns passes. On the season, Garrett has 1,179 passing yards and 13 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 912 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.
“I feel like most defenses are trying to stop Moneto from hurting them running the football,” Wagnon said. “He is real explosive on the ground. They are kind of picking their poison and making him throw it. I think that’s what they are doing and he has been able to make teams pay for it.
“It is one of those things, he can throw it also. A lot of people try to take away the run, because he is so successful at it. He throws it very well also.”
Wagnon said he will need for the secondary to play well and for the Lions defense to win the turnover battle if they are going to defeat Anniston.
“We are going to have to continue to play well defensively,” Wagnon said.
“I think Anniston is going to come out and try to throw the ball around a little bit, so we are going to have to play well in the secondary. We are going to have to protect the football.”
Munford hosts Anniston tonight at 7 p.m.