Expectations are high for the Fayetteville Wolves this season. John Limbaugh and company will kick off the 2014 season on the road against Coosa Central on Friday night at Central Stadium in Hanover. Limbaugh said his players are ecstatic about getting the season started.
“My kids are excited,” the Fayetteville head coach said. “They are champing at the bit; they are very excited about it. They are tired of hitting on each other and they are ready to hit on somebody else.”
Fayetteville fell to Calera 14-0 and to B.B.Comer 8-6 in their fall jamboree last week. The third-year head coach was pleased with some of the things he saw from his team in both games.
“We had a good time, “Limbaugh said. “We learned some things about ourselves and we were able to do some things that we wanted to do. We got some things ironed out, so we are very pleased with the way the jamboree went.”
Going into the season-opener, Limbaugh said he was pleased with the way both of his quarterbacks looked last week against Calera and B.B. Comer.
“Both of my quarterbacks got playing time,” Limbaugh said. “Our starting quarterback, Jacob Skinner, did really well. Our backup quarterback, he did extremely well. They both did some things well.”
Coosa Central enters Friday’s game looking to start the season off with a victory. The Cougars return quarterback Andrew Hammonds and middle linebacker/receiver Tre Royal from last season’s team that went 3-7. Royal led Coosa Central with 83 tackles and five sacks. He also had 620 yards and three touchdowns as a receiver.
“I am sure that Coach Bell will have his players ready,” Limbaugh said. “Their quarterback and running back look really good. They didn’t play last Friday in the jamboree, but I think they are going to be available this Friday. Both of those players are really good players. Their middle linebacker, number 8, is really good. We are looking at number 11 and number 3 to see what we can do with them. We just have to go in there and play our game. We have to win the battle in the trenches, and we understand that. That is who we are. We have to work hard and out-physical them. If we do that, things should work out well for us.”
Winning the battle up front will be especially vital for the Wolves on offense. Fayetteville will once again depend on their offensive line and their running back to carry the load offensively. Last season, that recipe worked, as they compiled six wins. Dustin Ingram had a huge season at the running back position, as he rushed for 1,200 yards.
Limbaugh said protecting the football is one of the several keys for the Wolves if they are going to open the season up with a win for the second straight year.
“Basic fundamentals are key to winning an early season game,” Limbaugh said. “If we take care of the basic fundamentals, everything else will take care of itself.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. from Coosa Stadium in Hanover.
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