Bearcats train for last regular season game at Lee CountyPublished 10:09pm Tuesday, November 5, 2013
It was a stellar 27-24 overtime victory for the Bearcats last Thursday in Dothan, Ala., but head coach Jeff Littleton has moved on, turning all of his attention to the last regular season game for Bainbridge
“I’m focused on Lee County, now,” he said.
The Bearcats, now 5-4, head to Lee County High School Friday to face off against the 8-1 Trojans.
Littleton said Lee County’s offense was similar to the spread offenses’ of Dothan and Harris County. The Bearcats have seen the formation before, but Littleton stressed that the key to stopping them was tackling.
“We’ve got to play disciplined football and match their intensity at their own stadium,” Littleton said. “It’ll be tough. They’re a good football team, but they’re definitely not unbeatable.”
Senior Trojan quarterback Stephen Collier, a Ohio State commit, led Lee County as they smashed Northside (Columbus) last Friday 55-0.
Lee County’s defense is also similar to Dothan’s, running an odd front. They switch between a 3-4 and a 3-5 and blitz frequently.
The Bearcats defense is without senior defensive end William Scurry for the rest of the season due to a hip injury. Last week, sophomore Jarvis Anderson filled in for him. Littleton said the position is still up in the air for Friday as four players are competing for the starting spot.
Littleton trained the Bearcats to match the Tiger’s intensity. The team was able to focus and control the football, despite the stress of playing on the road.
“I’m proud of the kids to be able to go into an unfriendly environment and execute and match a team of that stature,” Littleton said.
Littleton had told the team that big time players make big time plays. The phrase seemed to stick with the Bearcats as they pulled off a touchdown with less than three minutes left in the game and an overtime field goal.
This week, Littleton is repeating the phrase. He and his players are excited to bring their A-game to Lee County.
“I think if we protect the football and tackle well, we’re going to be okay,” Littleton said.”