Munford travels to take on rival Lincoln
by LaVonte Young
Sep 07, 2012 | 2320 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tonight’s match up between Munford and Lincoln will have a lot more than county bragging at stake. Munford head coach Will Wagnon knows that beating their archrivals will help them accomplish one of their season goals and get them off to reach their goal of making the postseason.

“This is Munford-Lincoln; it is the first region game,” Wagnon said. “It is huge in so many aspects: for the community, the school, the county and the region. This could see who the front-runners are in the region from the start. All that put together we are really excited about the ball game, but we have to come out there and execute better.”

The third year head coach said he can sense his team is a little more excited this week than last week.

“You want to be the same from week-to-week, but we are not crazy,” Wagnon said. “We know what it means to the community, the school and the county. Because we know that we have got to make sure we are mentally in tune to what we have to do on Friday night. We know that and they are excited. They will be excited every Friday night, but they especially excited about this Friday night.”

Munford (1-0) opened the season with a 47-7 victory over Corner. Quarterback Monteo Garrett ran for 200 yards and scored three touchdowns.

“We played a pretty good game Friday night as far as our athletes making plays, but our execution was not there,” Wagnon said. “Defensively, our execution was pretty dang good, but offensively, it was not as good as we need it to be.”

The Golden Bears (0-1) look to get into the win column. Lincoln fell to Leeds 28-0 in their season opener. Wagnon has a lot respect for the Lincoln program and he knows that his team is going to have play their best game to leave Keith Howard Memorial Stadium with a win.

“Lincoln is a good football team,” Wagnon said. “They have a lot of athletes. I’ll tell you one thing that I have noticed is that they are playing very hard. Coach (Ryan) Herring is doing a good job. He has them playing hard. They don’t do a whole lot of complex stuff and that is probably good for them especially in their first year. They know what they are doing and they play really hard. I have been real impressed with watching film of what he has been able to do in this short period of time. They are going to come out with their ‘A’ game. Hopefully, we are going to come out with our ‘A’ game and we will see what happens. I think it is going to come down to the wire like the last two years. It is going to come down to the last play of the game, hopefully, we will be on the right side this time.”

The series is tied 33-33-1. Last season, Lincoln defeated Munford 17-15 on a last second field goal by Mason McLean.

Wagnon said he still vividly remembers that game.

“Yeah, I don’t know how you stop a clock with .1 seconds left,” Wagnon said. “Is that even possible? They kicked a field goal with.01 seconds left. It was a couple of questionable plays towards the end, but it was a good game. It was a hard fought game. They fought and clawed and we fought and clawed. It was just a great football game. If you take anything away from it, it was a great football game. There were two teams that worked their tails off that wanted to win and they played as hard as they could. In that kind game where neither team deserves to lose, but some one always has to lose and we came out on the short end of the stick.”

Wagnon believes the team that wins special teams and the turnover battle will win the game.

“We are going to have to protect the football,” Wagnon said. “We had two interceptions against Corner and we had fumbles against Childersburg. We have to do a better job of protecting the football. We cannot give Lincoln a short field. I think special teams are going to play a huge part in the game. We ran back a punt last week. I think both Lincoln’s defense and our defense are playing really good. I think it is going to come down to who protects the football and who wins the special teams battle.”

The Daily Home attempted to contact Lincoln head coach Ryan Herring, but he was not available for comment.

The game starts at 7 p.m. at Lincoln.