“We’ve got eight seniors and they’ve been leading the charge this week,” head coach John Limbaugh said. “They want that winning season. To go from a 2-8 year to what we’ve been able to do this year at 5-4. I look at a four-point loss to Notasulga, four turnovers against TC, and one half against St. Jude and there are three games and I think we could have won any of them and we would have been in the playoffs. But that wasn’t meant to be; the kids still had a lot of success this year. If we go 6-4, that is a winning season and the first one here in a while.”
There is a strong sentiment among many of the Wolves to give the senior class players one final memory: a win.
“Our seniors were remembering some past times; these guys helped us put this program on the foundation it needs to be on to continue,” Limbaugh said. “Once we learn how to win the close games, we’ll be okay. But these guys helped us get to where we are today, so we really celebrated them this week and had a good time with them. “We want to send these seniors out with a win.”
Limbaugh said, although the loss to St. Jude was painful, he believes his players have already learned valuable lessons from the game.
“We just didn’t play that first half of the game, but in the second half we came back and did some things real well,” he said. “So, our kids learned from that. They learned that they have to play the full game. Hopefully, we’ll be doing that from now on. It’s just one of those things where we didn’t get off to our best game at the beginning. They were ready for them, we knew exactly what they were going to do and we were prepared; we just didn’t execute the first half. It all comes down to execution; that’s what I’ve been telling the kids and the coaches have been working on it, but we have to execute.”
The Wolves won last season’s matchup against Holy Spirit in Fayetteville, 34-8. The opposing Titans are fielding a youthful squad this season.
“Coach (Greg) Kosloff is really a good football coach, a great guy,” Limbaugh said. “Holy Spirit is young this year. They’ve got a couple of seniors, six juniors, so they are kind of young, but a football team that is well-coached. So, we’ll have to be ready for them.”
Another mark the Wolves team can be proud of is setting a new mark in points score in a season and in an individual game. Fayetteville has scored 286 points this season through nine games.
The team also scored 57 points in one game against Verbena, a new school record.
“This offense this year, they’ve scored more points than any offense we’ve had in previous years,” Limbaugh said. “We need to see more offensive production in this game. We need to score some more points and we need to score quickly. Hopefully, if the game goes the way we want it to, we’ll get some new kids in the game. Hopefully, we can get them some playing time and hopefully it’s one of those games where we do our job.”
The Wolves are looking to make the most of road trip to Tuscaloosa and Limbaugh believes the fans will follow the team in flocks, as they have all season.
“We want to thank our fans for all of their support this year and hope they’ll come out and go on the road with us to Tuscaloosa,” he said. “We’re going to be doing some fun things with our kids. We’re going out to eat on the way over there and go by The Bryant Museum before the ball game. It’s a nice little road trip for our kids. Hopefully, our fans will come out and join us; I know they will because they’re fantastic, the best fans in the county. We really appreciate the way they follow us. We just look forward to a good football game this Friday night.”
Fayetteville plays at Holy Spirit tonight at 7 p.m.