“But I think Cleburne County is better than Glencoe,” he said.
And that’s cool. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but it’s just that can look a little odd because Weaver beat Cleburne County, but lost to Glencoe.
But both Massey and Bearcat coach Daryl Hamby said the two games were as different as apples and orange juice.
“I think we just haven’t learned how to deal with success yet,” Hamby said, also pointing out no disrespect to Glencoe.
But on the outside looking in, that certainly could be the case.
With an up-and-coming team — and even with college teams — a major success of one week can lead to a team’s downfall the next. And that’s what Hamby pointed to with his Bearcats’ victory over Cleburne County.
The Tigers, a Class 4A team, have the resume the Bearcats are hoping to achieve: threatening each season to make the postseason, sprinkled with many deep playoff runs in the past.
The two met in the first week, and the Thursday night affair was one of the premiere games of a slate of good openers. Weaver had no real recent history with Cleburne County, as the two teams are in different classifications, but when Cleburne County’s traditional opener of Lineville didn’t happen (because of the school consolidated with Clay County to make Clay Central) the Bearcats stepped in to fill the void.
Weaver gutted out a tough, 13-7 win, only to crumble on the road the next week at Glencoe 13-5.
The former are the kind of games that Hamby has said in the past he knows his team must play if they’re going to make a playoff run. And for the past two years, that’s what Weaver has failed to make. In each of Hamby’s first two seasons, they’ve qualified for the playoffs, but each time they were eliminated in the first round.
The past is the past, both Hamby and Massey point out, but they won’t move on without learning from it. Especially with White Plains on the schedule this week — a team Hamby calls a much-improved squad, and one Massey remembers all too well.
White Plains upset the Bearcats on a late field goal Massey’s sophomore year, and he’s made it a point to reminder his teammates at practice that can happen again if they don’t prepare the right way.
“We’ve got a habit of taking teams too lightly,” Massey said. “No matter who it is, we’ve just got to stick with it.”
And sticking with the next team on the schedule is all Hamby is focused on right now. With the Jekyll and Hyde nature of his team in the season’s first two weeks, he said only time will tell which squad will show up this week and for the remainder of the season.
Even with the hype that surrounded a talented Weaver squad that returned the bulk of its talent at its skill positions, he won’t even begin to say what kind of an impact the loss could have in the race for one of the region’s four playoff spots.
All he’s actually saying — and saying a lot to team this week in practice — is don’t have another hangover.
“Just don’t let this loss against Glencoe beat you twice,” he said.