Fayetteville takes on Winterboro in region opener
by LaVonte Young
The Fayetteville Wolves host the Winterboro Bulldogs in Class 1A Region 4 action on Friday at 7 p.m. at FarmLinks Field. Fayetteville head coach John Limbaugh believes his team is ready for the challenge of taking on Winterboro.

“Practice has been going well,” Limbaugh said. “Our kids have responded well after the loss last week to Spring Garden, and I feel like they are ready to play.”

The Wolves (0-1) fell to Spring Garden 34-17 in the season opener last Friday. The first year head coach said he was pleased with his team’s performance, but he knows they have to improve.

“We played pretty well,” Limbaugh said. “We didn’t have any turnovers. I think it is a learning process and we need to get where we need to be. We are not quite where we need to be yet, but we are going to get there. We are working, and we are a work in progress. It is not going to change over night; it takes a little bit of time to change it. Our kids did a lot of positive things in the game and played quite well at times.”

This week, the Bulldogs of Winterboro (0-1) spent time working on all their mistakes after falling to Maplesville 55-20 last Friday.

“We found out a lot about ourselves as far as seeing what we need to fix when we go through adversity,” Bulldogs head coach Dave Nurnberg said. ”I think that was our biggest thing from last week. We knew we were matched up against a good team. We knew there was a possibility of them coming out and playing us hard. The coaches nor the players were happy with the way we handled it when things went wrong.

“We thought as a group we could have done better job of keeping them in the game and not letting one bad play lead to more bad plays. Our focus this week has been working on keeping up our tempo. We focused on what we do and not getting caught up in what just happened or in what they are doing.”

The Bulldogs of Winterboro are without two of their biggest weapons from last season, but Limbaugh knows that Winterboro has a lot of talent and that they are going to be a tough opponent.

“Winterboro is a good football team,” Limbaugh said. “They have been in the playoffs the last couple of years. They are going to have athletes out there. They have a good quarterback, some receivers and a real good tailback. We have been looking at them on film and we have a challenge in front of us, but I believe our kids are up to the challenge.

“We know it is going to be a hard-fought game, so we know we are going to have to play four quarters with no turnovers and we will see what happens at the end.”

Nurnberg said Fayetteville is a team that the Bulldogs will not take lightly.

“I didn’t know a ton about them coming in,” Nurnberg said. “I know they have a new head coach. I know that they’ve been working on upping the way that they play. We are going to treat them like every other opponent with the understanding that if we don’t take care of ourselves and take care of what we are supposed to do, they are the type of team that can beat us.

Limbaugh said he was pleased with a couple of his players in last week’s game.

“Our quarterback (Zach McGrady) had a pretty decent game,” Limbaugh said. “He had 169 yards passing. He had a pretty good game. A couple of receivers, Jacob Skinner looked good for us. We also had Zach Brown that caught the ball well for us. Those two stood out in the receiver corp for us. Zane McGrady did a good job for us. Defensively, I thought Mason Vick played well for us. We are a work in progress; we are going to be alright at the end.”

Nurnberg said he was impressed with the performance of sophomore BJ Twymon.

“We were thrilled what BJ Twymon gave us,” Nurnberg said.” “We weren’t surprised by it; we knew he had a lot of talent in him. It was his first real opportunity to show it in the game. We are very happy with the effort he gave running the ball and the tackles he broke.”

Taking care of the football and controlling time of possession are two things that Limbaugh believes are going to be vital if they are going to defeat Winterboro for the first time since 2007.

“Control the football and do the things that we need to do establish our ground game,” Limbaugh said. “If we do those things, we should be OK.”

Worrying about what they can control and playing at a high level are two things that Nurnberg believes his team must do to leave FarmLinks Field with a victory.

“Getting our jobs done and keeping our tempo high,” Nurnberg said. “Focusing on our responsibilities. …We are going to try to do our job at a high level every snap regardless of what the score board is saying and regardless of what the other team is doing.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. from FarmLinks Field in Fayetteville.
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