By Jack Jeffrey | Pinewood Prep Contributor
Pinewood Prep travels to Laurence Manning Academy on Friday, October 25th to take on the Swampcats. Laurence Manning comes into the game with an impressive 7-1 record. LMA was sitting at 7-0 before falling to SCISA 3A region leaders Hammond 49-7. Pinewood sits at the bottom of the standings, looking up, with an 0-8 record.
It has been a tough year for Pinewood Prep and it doesn’t look to get any easier in this matchup. The Panthers are coming off of a game against Northwood Academy in which they felt confident they could find a win. Instead, they fell to the Chargers 35-12. They also came out of the game with their senior quarterback, Myron Wigfall injured.
“As I’ve watched him work out the last day or two, he’s pretty sore,” Panthers head coach Michael Wright said on the health of Wigfall. “ I’m not sure if he can go. It’s going to be a question mark. I hope for him, he’s good to go, because he’s a senior and you want your seniors to play in every game they can in their last year. Being realistic though, I don’t think it’s going to happen. I don’t think he’ll be healthy enough.”
The Panthers would be without the leader of their team on the field if Wigfall were to be out. T.J. Hatchett has been the backup quarterback throughout the season and has seen his fair share of time on the field. The Panther’s have had plenty of game reps with Hatchett in at quarterback, but playing on the road against a stingy Swampcat defense would be an extremely tough test.
“Laurence Manning, is tough, rugged, and overall very disciplined,” said Wright.
Coming off of the loss to Northwoods Academy, Coach Wright has a tough task in rallying the troops and refocusing the team. It’s been an unsuccessful campaign thus far for the Panthers, but with two games left on the schedule the season isn’t over just yet and that has been Wright’s message. “It was a devastating loss,” said Wright. “It’ll take time to get over, it won’t just be over by the end of the week, we really wanted to win that game. Unfortunately those things happen and we have no choice but to move forward.”
The end of the season is near and a matchup against Laurence Manning Academy is on the horizon for the Panthers. Sitting at 0-8, they’re out of time to make any real noise in the region standings, but they still have two more opportunities to go out and fight for each other.
“We have two tough teams ahead,” said Wright. “We still though, want all the kids on our team to be able to say to themselves, they’re doing the best they can do. A win is what we want, but we have two really tough opponents and I’m not trying to sell some dream to somebody. I just want the kids to be able to say they are playing their best and they’re having a good experience out there.”
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