The Winder-Barrow High School football team will travel to Cedar Shoals this Friday and it didn’t take Bulldogg coach David Wagner long to see how strong his team’s opponent will be.
“They are big, fast and strong,” Wagner said. “In the games they have lost, they made some mistakes and shot themselves in the foot. One of their top players had been hurt. Watching them on film, it does seem hard to believe they were winless until last week. However, mistakes can really hurt your chances, especially in this region.”
The Jaguars will likely enter the game with a boost of confidence after defeating Apalachee 35-6 last week in a game where they controlled the momentum from the start.
For WBHS, the Bulldoggs are coming off an 18-0 region loss to Loganville.
Turnovers hurt Wagner’s team in the home defeat.
“Defensively, we played about 70 snaps, but only gave up 230 yards,” Wagner said of the Loganville contest. “We played a solid defensive game. When you consider they scored multiple points off turnovers when they were already set up in scoring position, then it’s tough to overcome that.”
With the Bulldoggs now in the home stretch of the 2013 season with three games remaining, Wagner and his coaching staff are encouraging the players to stay the course and continue to make improvements.
“We tell them to keep working hard and good things will happen,” the coach said.
WBHS will look to play ball control again this week, limiting Cedar Shoals in the time it has possession.
“We want to keep it away from them,” Wagner said. “That is key for us.”
One frustrating aspect of his team’s play continues to be mistakes. Adding to the frustration is the fact the team does not make the mistakes in practice that it makes in games.
“It has nothing to do with effort,” Wagner said. “The team is playing hard. Sometimes mistakes happen.”
Bulldogg defensive coordinator Stanley Allen said Cedar Shoals will be another tough test for WBHS.
“Cedar is just like they are always — big, strong and athletic,” Allen said Monday. “They run all kinds of crazy stuff, too. I think they have been snake bitten all year. They are a very good football team and they are getting better.”
Kickoff in Athens is set for 7:30 p.m.