Bulldogs hope to be healthy against Wadley
by LAVONTE YOUNG
The Winterboro Bulldogs take on region foe the Wadley Bulldogs on Friday on senior night.

“It has been pretty good,” Winterboro head coach David Nurnberg said. “We have been trying to get the kids healthy and make some adjustments. We have some young guys that are going to have to step up and play. It has been a good week of practice, so far.”

Injuries affected what the Bulldogs could do on the field last week in their loss 21-0 loss to Loachapoka. Winterboro lost quarterback, Taylor Garrett at the end of the first half with a hip injury. Their back up quarterback was also out with an injury. Nurnberg said he believes both guys will be available on Friday.

“They are both back and trying to get up to 100 percent,” “Nurnberg said. “Neither one is fully there yet, but it gets us to where we can feel more comfortable on offense.”

The Wadley Bulldogs enter Friday’s game looking rebound from a 49-12 smack down that was handed to them by St.Jude. The Bulldogs are second in the region behind Notasulga, who is undefeated in region play.

“They got a good running game and they have a good running back,” the first year head coach said. “They play hard.”

“The visiting Bulldogs are very direct with what they do on the field. They are going to run it at their opponents and come back on the next play and do it again.”

“That has been an issue for us all year, trying to find a way to be better against the run,” Nurnberg said. “We haven’t quite found the answer yet, but we are still working towards it. Hopefully, we can put some guys in the right position and continue to get better in the techniques we are playing.”

The Bulldogs have only one region win, so far and they have three region games left including Friday. Winterboro still has a chance to reach the post season by winning out and getting help along the way. Nurnberg said his team has to correct some things on the field before they can serious talk about the playoffs.

“We have been having that attitude for a while now,” he said. “We lost the ability to control our destiny at this point. We have a slim chance and we obviously have that in the back of our mind. For us it has been a lot more about improving in the little things that have been hurting us and trying to get the guys back healthy. We realize we can’t talk about playoffs until we are getting our small goals accomplished and then, if we are able to win some and keep our self in the hunt, we can make that into a realistic part of what we do. It has stayed a goal the whole time, but we got fix the problems we have been having before we can realistically talk about that.”

Operating their game plan and getting a few underclassmen to step up is critical if they are going to defeat Wadley

“We have to execute,” Nurnberg said. “Our young guys have to step up that have to play due to injuries. We have to stay focus and battling through adversity as the game goes on.”
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