“ It was 10-0 at half,” Fayetteville head coach John Limbaugh said. “They went down there and drove the football down the field and scored. We turned the ball over and they picked it up and ran it into the end zone. It was two big plays that cost us the ball game. Other than that, we played well. I am really proud of our team. Our senior quarterback stepped up and played a good ball game. All of that is behind and we are trying to get this one this week.”
Limbaugh believes that if his team continues to work they will be able to finish games off instead of allowing them to slip away.
“That is what we have been working on,” Limbaugh said. “The only way I know to do that is by working hard and keep drive towards the end zone. We have to establish the run, we have to open up those lanes to run through and you have to keep pressing towards our goal. Ultimately, we are going to have a break through. There is nothing wrong with the kids’ effort and there is nothing wrong with the efforts of our coaches. Everybody is working hard; the community is behind us and that is quite amazing. There is really a great change here in the spirit and the way every one has come together as a family. I am looking forward to finishing the season out strong with a couple of wins.”
Zack McGrady led the Wolves (1-7,0-6) offense last week. The senior quarterback threw for 182 yards and he also kicked a 42-yard field goal. McGrady believes the Wolves are going to have be motivated on the field a full 48 minutes of they going to beat St.Jude
“We have to keep the team motivated, because historically we haven’t done well against St. Jude,” McGrady said. “We just have to get that monkey off of our back. We have come in pressing like it is any other team. We have to come in, get motivated to play the ball game. If we come out ready to play we can play with anybody and we can beat anybody on our schedule. We have to come out ready. They are going to hit us, but the problem has been we haven’t been hitting back. The past couple of games we have hit back and we have stayed in it in the first half. Then, we will come out flat in the third quarter. We have to put a full game together.”
The Pirates of St. Jude (4-4,3-3) enter tonight’s game looking to build off the momentum they gain last week in their thrashing of Verbena, 42-6.
“St.Jude is St.Jude,”Limbaugh said. “They are going to play a good game. Coach Manora has them playing well. They have lost four games, but they are playing well. They have some good players. They have the quarterback, the Minnifield kid. He is a threat running or passing. He is the real deal. Their fullback No.3 Christian Maze will put a block on you, so we have to be ready for that. Their tailback is a good one and they have a couple of receivers that pretty good. We have our
work cut out for us.”
Limbaugh believes Class 1A Region 4 is one of the toughest regions in the state this season
“This is a senior laden team Limbaugh said. “We have played several teams that are senior laden and they have 10 seniors on the St. Jude team. They are senior laden and four or five other teams we played this year were as well. It has been quite amazing. Our kids in a normal division, would be having a winning year now. We are in a very tough region in 1A football, but our kids have learned a lot throughout the course of the season.”
St.Jude leads the series 4-0. The Pirates won last season 67-0.
Kick off is set for tonight at 7 p.m. from Carver Field in Montgomery.