ARITON, Ala. (WDHN) — In this week’s Game of the Week the Geneva County Bulldogs take on the Ariton Purple Cats in what is sure to be an intense 2A Region Two matchup.
Both the Bulldogs and the Purple Cats are undefeated so far this season.
Ariton is sitting at 3-0, their best start since 2004.
Geneva County has a 2-0 record.
Each team knows a win this Friday won’t come easy.
“We’re going to have to be at our best,” Geneva County Head Coach Jim Bob Striplin said. “These guys are really good. I think they’re being a little bit disrespected, they should be in the top ten in the state right now. They’re a great football team, well coached and we’re going to have to play our very best just to stay on the field with them.”
Steve kilcrease “They’re really big up front, so we’ve got our work cut out for us,” Ariton Head Coach Steven Kilcrease said. “The last two or three years that we’ve played them it’s been shootouts and we’re probably expecting the same thing.”
The focus for Ariton is containing the Bulldogs’ five-star running back Emmanuel Henderson.
“That’s a tall task,” Kilcrease said. “He’s a special special player. Coach Striplin does a great job of getting him the ball, finding creative ways to get him the ball. He’s not all they’ve got, they’ve got other guys that are sort of overshadowed. As good as any as we’ve seen this year. Then on top of that Henderson and they’ve got the line.”
“We’ve got to come out the next two days and work as a team,” Ariton’s sophomore quarterback Ian Senn said. “We’ve got to play great defense. It’s going to be a hard task to keep him occupied and get the win.”
Henderson knows his team has his back.
“That’s what you have teammates for,” Henderson said. “Everybody pitches in and does their job and we’ll be good.”
The Bulldogs are preparing to go up against strong Ariton players as well.
“They’re really big up front,” Striplin said. “Their quarterback is second to none in the area. Jordan Smith is something else. Everybody knows his number. He’s number one for a reason. His jersey and the way he plays. We’re going to have to really run for the football and hold on for dear life. Just hope to get off to a good start against these guys.”
Obviously Ariton is hoping for a good start as well.
Purple Cat’s running back Jordan Smith is encouraging his team to stay locked in.
“Come focused and ready on game day,” Smith said. “A good pregame. Good A versus B. Scout team has to perform then we’ll be able to come out and get the win. We’ve just got to stay focused. Just keep going. 1-0 every week.”
The Bulldogs and the Purple Cats face off on Friday night in Ariton.