Short-handed Cougars continuing to compete
The good news for Calvary Christian is that Beto Medina's ankle has healed enough he is expected to play along tonight when the Cougars travel to Delta Academy.
The bad news is his presence still only gives Calvary 11 players as the Cougars are still dealing with a severe lack of depth. No matter, Calvary coach Kirby Newell said his team will be ready to compete when they arrive in Marks for the 7 p.m. kick.
“We’re going to keep competing man,” Newell said. “There’s no quit in us and we’re going to keep competing. We’re going to go out in practice and try to get better.
“We’ve just got to prepare, keep our heads up and do the best we can. That’s all we can do.”
Calvary, which is 2-6 overall is 1-4 in MAIS 8-Man Division 1, and is hoping an improved defensive performance last week in a 38-8 setback against Kemper Academy, can help to slow down 2-6 Delta, which is 2-3 in the division. Newell said Delta will likely follow the same gameplan that has given the Cougars problems all season: a powerful running attack.
“Delta’s a physical-type team just like Calhoun, they want to run it down your throat,” he said. “There has been better tackling. I saw better tackling Friday night against Kemper that I saw the previous three weeks. There was better tackling and I saw us in better position to make plays but we just didn’t make them.
“So there were certainly brighter spots on defense. They don’t have as much speed as Calhoun or Russell, so I think we have an opportunity to make some plays in the passing game and get (Josh) Carraway loose and Josh Roberts loose and put up some points.”
— Jamie Wachter