By Joshua Ford | Waccamaw Contributor
The Waccamaw Warriors are preparing for what looks to be a tough fought matchup against the Carvers Bay Bears this Friday at 7:30 p.m. Waccamaw is looking to show up in a big way in front of their newly renovated stadium at Warrior Field.
“This game Friday, we’re looking to put our foot down and make a statement to beat Carvers Bay,” said senior wideout and defensive back Tyree Funnye. “I’m looking for big plays, for us to feel good about this game, and to win it.”
Carvers Bay is the No. 7 ranked team in South Carolina 3A football, and the Warriors know what the Bears bring to the table, especially after a tough 81-14 loss last year in their opener at Carvers Bay.
“Last year we struggled mightily against them. So we’re gonna have a great week of practice and play a great football game if we want to have a chance to win,” said head coach Shane Fidler. “We want to do what we do best. Play to our strengths and attack their weaknesses… they don’t have many weaknesses, being as talented as they are, but it’s our job as coaches to find out what their weaknesses are and putting our kids in the right position to attack them.”
The Warriors are scheming to attack heavily on offense and keep the pressure on Carvers Bay’s defense.
“[We want to] play hard, go hard every play and not get tired,” Funnye said. “We have to stop their run game and go hard on offense so we can take the pressure off of our defense.”
Fidler says that the team’s ability to endure really leads the way for them.
“No matter how good your team is, you’ll always face adversity. You gotta just face that adversity head on and come out of the other side,” Fidler said. “I think, right now, our kids and the group of kids coming up believe that.”
Another thing the coaches are looking for is growth from every player and to see if they’re ready for the future. They don’t expect the same result as last year’s game against the Bears who aren’t in their region.
“At the end of the day, our goal is to get ready for region play because that’s the only way to get to the playoffs,” Fidler said. “We want to see growth from our players, especially guys that are first time starters. We want to see how they’re gonna perform under the lights and see if we can start getting ready for region play.”
Funnye is one of the more vocal leaders on the team and he has been preaching optimism to his teammates.
“We’re gonna make good plays, they’re gonna make good plays,” Funnye said. “Either way, keep your head up through everything.”
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