G.W. Long and Houston Academy looking for a win Friday night ahead of next week’s playoff games

Extra Point

DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — This week’s Extra Point Game of the Week features a Class 2A against Class 3A matchup between the G.W. Long Rebels and the Houston Academy Raiders.

Both of these teams hit the road for the first round of playoffs so a win on Friday night would be huge momentum for both squads.

G.W. Long is 7-1 on the season.

They finished third in a tough Class 2A region two and travel to B.B. Comer next Friday for round one of the postseason.

“You don’t want to go into the playoff with a loss and try to fix and build up everything,” G.W. Long senior Kobie Stringer said. “You want to go rolling in and having good momentum.”

“I feel like it would just give us the confidence to go over there and do what we need to do,” G.W. Long sophomore Bryson Hughes said. “I’m pretty sure we’re already mentally ready, but that would just give us that extra little bit to get the job done.”

This season Houston Academy is 6-3.

The Raiders came in fourth in Class 3A region two play and go on the road to play Catholic Montgomery next Friday night.

“This is the last game of the regular season,” Houston Academy senior Walker Elliott said. “It’d be great to end the season with seven wins. That’d be great. And then going to the playoffs. I mean hopefully we do good in that and try to get to the state championship.”

Both squads are lead by a new head coach this year.

David Watts came to the rebels from Brantley.

“He’s big on attitude and effort,” Hughes said. “If we’re not doing what we’re supposed to do, he’s going to let us know about it, but as long as we do what he’s expecting us to we’re going to win state.”

Eddie Brundidge, previously a Houston Academy assistant, is now at the helm of the Raiders.

“He’s a great asset to this team,” Houston Academy junior Jayden Gilbert said. “Last year he was on the team, but as head coach we all love him. We would do anything for that man and he’s just become a great leader.”

Both coaches say their team’s success is credited to how the players have bought into the program and finishing the regular season with a win is a must going into playoffs.

“That’s the type of game we need getting ready to go play a tough playoff game on the road, somebody that’s going challenge us and and we looking forward to challenging Friday night,” Brundidge said.

“Houston Academy has a very good football team and they’re very, very well coached, Watts said. “It’s going to be like any other game. We’re going to have to execute what we do and it’ll be the same for them. It’s all about execution.”

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