By Malcolm Butler
Cedar Creek is so close to heading into tonight’s match-up with an undefeated record.
Instead the Cougars are still looking for their first win.
Following a 12-6 loss to Glenbrook and a 30-29 loss to Vidalia, head coach Matt Middleton and Co. host 2A foe Winnfield at 7 p.m. at Cougar Stadium.
And Middleton said the Tigers are legit.
“Probably the most physical team we’ve played,” said Middleton. “I will be honest with you, they’re really good. We have to find a way in a hurry. The good part is we have a home stand, so we’re here for quite a while. It’s good to be back.
“We have to find a way to play really good, and we have to do it quickly. Are we going to be in a tough mode on Friday. They are a real physical football team. Jay Watson does a great job with them. We’ve got our hands full.”
Winnfield (2-0) has already dismantled 5A foe Pineville 33-6 and then pulled out a 14-13 win over Caldwell last weekend. And Middleton said they are going to do what they do.
“Offensively they are going to try to ground and pound you,” said Middleton. “They’re going to eat the clock as much as they possibly can. They want to limit your possessions and they just want a big boy you. They want to beat you up.
“Defensively they are loaded up with talent and athletes. They give you multiple fronts. 4 down fronts. 3 down front. They will play some man and some Cover 3. They want to keep you guessing. They are always going to pressure you and they’re coached up really well. They want to lean on you and wear you at so they can win it in the fourth quarter. We have our hands full to try to withstand the physical pressure.”
Despite the Cougars tough start, Middleton said practice has been good this week leading up to tonight’s contest.
“It’s been good,” said Middleton. “Kids are resilient. Right now we are fighting through it. We need some success. I’m not going to lie. We need to find a win. I think it’s amazing what a win would do right now. We are in that situation. We’re 0-2. And could easily have been the other way but it’s not. We have to go make something happen for ourselves.”
Kevin Bayles and Scott Hill will provide the call of the game on 101.9 FM with the pregame show starting at 6:45 p.m.
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