“It is a big ball game for us,” Lincoln head coach Brad Wallace said. “It is a good ball game for us right before the playoffs to get us ready for a good playoff team. We just have to lick our wombs and get ready to start playing again. We have to get on the field and hopefully start playing like we are capable. We had a little let down last week. We tried to battle back, we didn’t give up and that is what I liked out of them. I just want us to get back playing four quarters.”
Lincoln had a chance to clinch home field advantage, but Cleburne County was able to hold off a late surge to win 21-14. With the loss, the Golden Bears earned the fourth seed.
Piedmont enters tonight’s game looking to finish the regular season with a 9-1 record. The Bulldogs defeated Cherokee County, 57-12 last week. Wallace said that they are going to have to slow down their skill players to have a chance to win tonight.
“We are going to have to play well,” Wallace said. “Piedmont has a great offensive line. Their skill guys are phenomenal athletes; I am very impressed with what I have seen on tape of them. Their running backs run hard, their quarterback runs the ball hard. He does a little bit of the read option stuff and counter out of it. He is a left handed guy and he throws the ball real well. He throws a strike and those kids catch it and do something with it. They try to get yardage after they get it.
They have a good bunch of skill guys. I have been challenging our kids all week. We got to come back above water and we have to play. This is a good ball game before the playoffs for us. We need to go out and play and play well.”
Wallace believes if his team wins the battle in the trenches on both side of the ball they have a chance to leave Piedmont with their fifth win of the season.
“We are going to have to play very well defensively,” Wallace said. “Offensively, we have to get our running game started and we have to be able to mix it during the game. If we do that we will make our chances a lot better. We have to limit our mistakes, if we can get rid of our handful that makes us a better football team.”