“We tried to work out the scenarios last night for 40 minutes, “Wallace said. “It is one of those things where it could go 80 different ways. We have to take care of what we do and let the other cards fall and when the other cards fall that is going to put us in the right spot.”
Wallace has stressed to his players that they need to focus on what they need to do in this week’s game and allow everything else take care of itself.
“Everybody is saying playoffs, playoffs, playoffs, but we are trying to win the week,” Wallace said. “That is what we are trying to get done with the players. Go out there and do the right things to win the ball game on Friday.”
The Golden Bears enter tonight’s game on a three game winning streak. Last week, Lincoln defeated Alexandria, 28-13 to improve to 4-4 overall and 4-2 in Class 4A Region 5 play.
“We are just taking our steps,” Wallace said. “That is what we have been talking about, taking that process and try to win the week, win the Friday game and try not to harp on the past. After 48 hours we don’t talk about the last week’s ball game. We have to work on us and what we can do for us to get us in the right spot. That is our main goal right now. If we can do that all the cards are going to line up for us.”
Jaunta’vius Johnson is having a big year running the ball for the Golden Bears this season. Johnson is Division I prospect as a lineman, but he has shown that he is a red zone threat. Last week, the 6-foot-3, 310 pound tailback rushed for three touchdowns, which included a score from 10-yards out around left end.
“He is a beast,” Wallace said. “We actually got to see a little bust out of him, he ran one in from the left side. I’ll tell you, he is a load. I don’t know how many people that want to get in front of him and bring him down. He is a very special kid; he tries to help us in a lot of ways with his ability as far as defensive line. Now that we can use him as a tailback on goal line situations, that helps us out tremendously. That helps our red zone percentages 100 percent.”
Cleburne County (5-3, 3-3) enters tonight’s game fighting to keep their postseason hopes alive. Last week, the Tigers fell to Jacksonville, 14-7. The loss put Cleburne County in a three way tie with Alexandria and Anniston. This season, four of Cleburne County’s six region game has been decided in the fourth quarter. Wallace believes tonight’s game will come down to the fourth quarter as well.
“It has been going good,” Wallace said. “We are still taking steps and there are some things that I dislike, but we are still taking the right steps to get in the right direction. We worked on fundamentals a little this week. We know that this is probably more than likely be a four quarter game. If you look at all their scores they have all been real close. They are real close with everybody, so it is going to be one of those affairs you have to get out there and take care of business for four quarters and work hard for four quarters. These guys are going to let up.”
The first-year head coach believes that three things have to happen if they are going to leave Keith Howard Memorial Stadium with a victory and the second seed in Class 4A Region 5.
“We have to limit our mistakes, that’s the No.1 goal,” Wallace said. “We have to play fast and physical for four quarters. Bring home a win, that’s our biggest thing. We have to find a way to focus and win.”