NEW BROCKTON, Ala. (WDHN) — As region play continues in the Wiregrass the Wicksburg Panthers take on the New Brockton Gamecocks in our Extra Point Game of the Week.
These two Class 3A teams enter the matchup at 3-1.
The region implications are what’s important.
In region play New Brockton is 1-1 and Wicksburg is 1-0.
Both teams come off of wins, New Brockton over region foe Daleville and Wicksburg over Northside Methodist.
“This is a big game for us to get into the playoffs,” New Brockton Head Coach Zack Holmes said. “That’s kind of our goal right now. We’re 1-1 in the region, obviously you need a winning region record so that is big for us. I think it’s also big if we can win two region games in a row. That would be really big for us going into next week.”
“We’re in a tough region period, so any win you can get is big.” Wicksburg Head Coach Josh Cox said. “It’s going to be a tough game for us. They’re really big and athletic. We’ve just got to take care of ourselves. We tell our guys to do little things to get better and make us better each day.”
Coach Cox knows multiple wins in a row will boost confidence and set the Panthers up for a solid chance at making the playoffs.
“In high school football winning is contagious,” Cox said. “So when you get your guys going in the right direction and they believe they can win that’s really big. So to win a couple games in a row is big for us.”
Players on both teams are preparing to get those wins.
“It doesn’t matter who we’re playing: Daleville, Opp, Wicksburg,” New Brockton senior Drew Cashin said. “We’ve got to go out there and prepare and do your job and get ready.”
“Life begins where comfort ends,” Wicksburg senior Eli Williams said. “We’ve been working hard out in practice, working hard in the weight room. Really getting ready for this big region game.”
Last year Wicksburg shut out New Brockton 47-0.
This year the Gamecocks plan for a different outcome.
“I think we’re ready,” Cashin said. “I think we really are.”
But the Panthers are keeping a strong mental edge.
“We’re already undefeated,” Wicksburg junior Jaylen Murry said. “That’s my mentality.”
The Panthers and Gamecocks kick off Friday night in New Brockton at 7 p.m.