Gamecock running back Kyan Horne (15) rushed for a career-high 224 yards against Luverne last week.

The New Brockton Gamecocks (0-3, 0-1) have had a tough start to the 2019 season – facing off against three consecutive ASWA Top 10 teams – but will look to earn their first win this Friday against Class 2A, Region 3 foe Central Hayneville Lions (1-1, 1-1).

The Gamecocks are coming off of a third consecutive loss to open up the season, while Central fell to Highland Home at home last week 55-18. The Lions started off the season with a 54-0 win over Barbour County, however.

“Central has some good players and some athletic guys,” New Brockton coach Zack Holmes continued. “Frankly, they’ve won a game and we haven’t. We’re sitting here at 0-3 and they’re not.

“They know how to win obviously, so we have to go in here focused and handle our business to give ourselves the best opportunity to win Friday night.”

While the Gamecocks lost to Luverne last week, they outgained Class 2A’s No. 2-ranked team and gave themselves a chance to win late.

“We’re trying to take it one step at a time,” Holmes said. “I didn’t feel like we prepared very well for Providence and then I thought we prepared a lot better for Brantley, but we didn’t execute in the game and I don’t feel we played as hard I think we can.

“(Against Luverne) we fought and we had kids playing their tails off,” Holmes said. “We need to win now. That’s the next step. We know how to fight and play with passion but now we need to win.

“That starts Monday through Thursday, though. We have to win those days and then hopefully we can win on Friday.”

Despite the losses, an advantage for the Gamecocks so far this season has been conditioning.

“Every opponent we’ve played has had cramps and we haven’t had any,” Holmes said. “I think that’s a testament to what we’re doing and to (strength and conditioning coach) Tyler (Stump).

“We want to be physical and get after it (in practice) but we still have to take care of our kids. Everything we do has to revole around those players and making sure that they’re taken care of and taking care of themselves, too.”

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