“A lot of people told me that Alexandria at one time was a bigger rival than Lincoln,” Munford head coach Will Wagnon said. “I heard that from people before. There is a lot of dislike for Alexandria around here and a lot of that has to do with their success. You usually don’t like the guys that are always real good.”
The quick turn around made the Lions condense there usually week of preparation into three days.
“It has been pretty good,” Wagnon said. “We’ve had a short week of practice, so we had to change up a couple things. A lot times when you change up something it could be good or it could be bad. It has been OK for us. It has been a short week, but we should be ready to go on Thursday night.”
The Lions and the Valley Cubs enter tonight’s game in a four-way tie for second place with a 2-1 record. The Lincoln Golden Bears are in first place in Class 4A Region with a 3-0 record.
“We are where we need to be,” Wagnon said. “We wish we were 3-0, but we are where we need to be. We would like to win out in the region, but there are no easy games. Every week is a fight. We are going to have play good week in and week out.”
Munford (3-2,2-1) fell in a non-region match up against second ranked Central Clay County, 43-14.
Wagnon said the only positive that he can take from that game is he will have all his players available for tonight’s game
“We didn’t get anybody hurt,” Wagnon said. “Last week, we started out really slow. We made mistakes that we shouldn’t be making by the fifth game.
A lot of that had to do with Clay Central and a lot of that had to do with us with it being such a big game. At the start we weren’t able to handle the hype and once we settled down we played right with them. That’s the good thing is that we never quit we never gave up. We kept playing until the last horn sounded. The second half we were right there where we needed to be and in the first half we weren’t. Because of that we got into a whole early and it hurt.”
The Valley Cubs (2-3,2-1) fell to Saks, 12-7 last week. Wagnon respects Frank Tucker and his football program.
“They play good football,” Wagnon said. “They do a lot of good things offensively and defensively. They are solid in all areas. Coach does a great job over there. He is one of the older coaches as far as tenure in the area as long as he has been coaching. It will be tough facing him, because he will have them ready and they will do a great job.
Winning the turnover battle and winning the special team battle is going to be vital if they are going to improve to 4-2 on the season.
“We have to protect the ball on offense,” Wagnon said.
“Defensively, Alexandria runs a bunch of unique formations, so we have to be able to get lined up right. We have to be able to talk and know who has who. We have to win the special team battle. I think that is one area that we can win.”
The Valley Cubs leads the series 13-8-1. Alexandria won their last meeting 40-20 in 1999.