The New Brockton Gamecocks (1-1, 1-1) will hit the road this Friday, Sept. 18, for a Class 3A, Region 2 showdown with the Wicksburg Panthers (2-, 1-1) with both teams hungry for another region win.
New Brockton is coming off a dominating win over Daleville last week, while Wicksburg earned a forfeit win over Northside Methodist.
Coming into this showdown, New Brockton coach Zack Holmes said Wicksburg’s size is one of the things that stands out most about the Panthers.
“They’re really, really big. They get after you and are very physical and they’re really multiple on offense,” Holmes said. “They’re big across the board. They have a 6-foot-5-inch tight end and a couple of 6-2 or 6-3 receivers.
“We’re going to have to bring the intensity and play a complete game and get after it.”
Holmes said that he wanted to see his Gamecocks match their intensity as they prepare for a Panther offense that will line up in a number of different formations.
“They line up in everything from the ‘single wing’ to an empty backfield,” Holmes said. “We have to have a great game plan this week and it’s really important that we’re locked in at practice.
“Every day we get to go outside this week is going to be a blessing with all the rain coming. We have to compete for four quarters.”
Holmes said that cleaning up turnovers and mistakes in the kicking game are two focuses for the Gamecocks heading into this Friday.
“Taking care of the ball is a big thing for us,” Holmes said. “Also, in the kicking game (last) Friday it was either really good or really bad. We recovered two (fumbled) kickoffs but had a couple that were returned too far.
“We just have to clean up the missed assignments in all phases. When we have 11 guys doing their job we look pretty good but when one or two don’t do their job, it doesn’t look so good. If we don’t do our job on both sides of the ball Wicksburg will take advantage of it.”