First year head coach Arlton Hudson believes the return of his senior lineman could make a huge difference for their offense.
“It has been going really good,” Hudson said when asked about their preparation for the game. “We have one of our better players back in right tackle Andrew McClain. He hasn’t played in a game yet, so we are looking forward to him being back. I think that will really help us on the offensive line.”
The Rebels (1-1) fell to Autauga Academy 34-17 last week. Turnovers gave the Generals good field position, which helped them cash in on three touchdowns in the first quarter.
“We played a really good football team,” Hudson said. “They have a lot of athletes. They have three Division I athletes that have already committed to play on a college football team. To be honest with you, our kids were a little intimidated when they got off the bus. After the first, we gave them three touchdowns. They had 30 yards of offense and had 21 points. After the first quarter, it was 27-0. We finally started playing and made it 27-10 at halftime. Then we came back and made it 27-17 and we gave up a touchdown late. They only scored one touchdown after the first quarter. We played really well on defense. We turned the ball over too much to give our self a chance against a team like that kind of offense.”
Fort Dale Academy enters Friday night’s game looking to go 2-0 on the season. In their opener last week, the Eagles needed a defensive stance late to defeat Escambia Academy 21-14. Hudson believes his team matches up better with Fort Dale Academy.
“They are the biggest 3A school in the state,” Hudson said. “Their offensive and defensive line is huge. They do not have the presence of an OJ Howard and some other athletes like Autauga had. They are a physical team that you have to prepare for. They are the total opposite of what we played last week. Last week, we played a speed and a finesse team. This week, we play a really strong football team that likes to run power football and the play action pass. They will take advantage of you there. Their tight end is about 6-foot-4, 250 pounds; they like to throw the ball to him. It is going to be a chore for us to be able to match them man–to-man on the offensive and defensive line. I think the game will be decided there. Athletically, we match up with them with speed. I don’t think they will be faster than us like last week. They had three kids with sub 4.4 in the 40 (yard dash). We don’t have one kid that can run a 4.7. That was a match that we weren’t really prepared for. Maybe we will get a chance to play them again. I think it would be a little bit different.”
Hudson believes if his team wins the battle upfront they will leave Prattville with a win.
“We have to control the offensive line,” Hudson said. “We got to control to control the defensive line to be in the ball game. If we can do that, I really believe we will have a chance to win. I am looking forward to playing them. They are a really good football team that played for the state championship against Bessemer last year. We play teams, the 3A runners up and the 3A champions. We play the 2A state champs, we play the 2A state runners up and we play the 1A state champions. That is a pretty good schedule.”
CVA won their last meeting in 1979, 33-32. The Rebels lead the series 3-1.
Kick off is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Fort Dale Stadium in Prattville.