The New Brockton Gamecocks (3-1, 1-1) are back at home this week as they host Class 3A, Region 2 foe Wicksburg Panthers (3-1, 1-0) with a chance to jump the Panthers in the region standings with a win.
New Brockton is coming off a dominating win over region opponent Daleville, while Wicksburg thrashed Northside Methodist by a score of 54-28. In fact, Wicksburg has outscored their opponents 128-35 in its three wins.
Both New Brockton and Wicksburg are averaging over 30 points per game, while both defenses are giving up exactly 17 points per game.
“They’re good,” New Brockton coach Zack Holmes flatly said. “They’re No. 7 (running back Jaylen Murry) is a really, really good player. He gets after it and plays really hard and runs the ball really hard and he’s also shifty.
“They also have some other weapons over there and have some big linemen. Coach (Josh) Cox does a really great job of being multiple on offense. They’re going to throw the kitchen sink at you, including some things you haven’t seen yet. They line up in about a million different formations and defensively, they play really hard and get after you, too.”
Despite the talent that Wicksburg brings to the table, Holmes continues to preach to his Gamecocks that it’s about New Brockton and they way the team prepares.
“It’s about us. We have to run the ball, that’s where it all starts,” Holmes said. “Defensively, we have to tackle really well and play really fast and match their speed in how they execute.
“Their execution of their offense is really high, so they play fast. We’re going to have to match that.”