By Joshua Ford | Waccamaw Contributor
Waccamaw vs Georgetown.
A Region VII-3A rivalry game that both school’s definitely circle on their calendar, especially with it being Georgetown’s homecoming. The 4-1 Warriors will travel just 13 miles across the bridge to play the 1-3 Bulldogs.
“I look forward to it,” said sophomore wide receiver Kam Green. “Georgetown, they’ve been talking and doing all that but I don’t feel like they’re on the same level as us. We should win.”
“You gotta keep the kids focused on the task at hand,” head coach Shane Fidler said on the plan this week. “I’m sure there’s a lot of talking back and forth between the schools and we can’t worry about that. It’s just the next opponent in reality. We need to focus on what we need to get done this week to complete the job we want. There’s a lot of distractions that come with a game like this, but at the end of the day, if we want to complete our goals, we’ve gotta stay focused and keep growing as a team.”
The number one goal is always to win.
Winning is something that Waccamaw hasn’t done often against the Bulldogs. The Warriors are 2-9 all time against Georgetown and the Warriors’ last win came in 1997 by a score of 10-7. Ramsay Dawson kicked a field goal and caught a touchdown pass in that game and Waccamaw held on in a torrential downpour during the second half. They also won in 1996 3-0.
“We’re looking to snap that on Friday,” Green said of the nine game losing streak.
Another thing Waccamaw rarely does against Georgetown is score. The Warriors have been shut out by Georgretown the past three years. It’s also the first time in Fidler’s 11 years of coaching that he hasn’t scored on a team as a play caller, which “bothers” him.
Waccamaw has a good chance to score this time around with all of the options they have on offense. The Warriors average around 160 rushing yards per game with 12 touchdowns, and average about 156 passing yards per game with 13 touchdowns.
“We’ve got a lot of kids on this team that are good enough to be on the field in a lot of different places,” Fidler said. “So we’re trying to create new personnel packages to get different kids on the field, do different things and try to play to our strengths.”
“I see my role as a playmaker,” Green said. “Me and Tyree (Funnye) we’re like the playmakers and we keep everything together.”
Funnye leads the team with 13 catches for 405 yards and 7 TDs while Green has 10 catches for 188 yards and 3 TDS.
When opposing teams try to take one element from the offense, another comes alive. In the season opener against Carver’s Bay, Waccamaw was held to 83 rushing yards, but had 373 passing yards. Last week against St John’s, the Warriors only had 31 passing yards, but exploded for 256 rushing yards.
“Sometimes, teams do a good job of taking away a player or a certain phase of the game and that’s what good coaches do,” Fidler said. “In years past here when they’ve done that, we haven’t been able to capitalize with other people; this year we have. This year, if you take away, for example, Tyree, or if you take away like Carver’s Bay tried to take away the run game, it’s fine. We got other options. We’re going to figure out what you’re giving us and go get it.”
“I’m trying to make something happen,” Green said on the topic of moving the ball around on offense.
Georgetown has a strong defense, starred by their defensive tackle who posts double digit tackles each week end and a sure-tackling safety. The offense will have to be firing in this heated game.
“They will go out there and they will tackle you and they have high motor and high effort kids,” Fidler said. “So, we’ve got to match that intensity with our aggression on offense as far as how we are in the run game, how we are with blocking and our feet in the pass game. Just in general those basic things.
“It’s their homecoming, it’s a rivalry game, it’s the first game of region. They’re going to come out and play harder than they have all year and we’re going to do the same.”
“Our kids are not scared of anything or anyone,” Fidler said of his team. “They will hit you, they are not afraid, which is exactly what you need. You need to have that passion and lack of worries when you’re playing defense and they have that right now. They’re playing full throttle.”
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