WCCA Rams must win out to make playoffs

Published 12:15 am Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Woodville — The playoffs have started a few weeks early for the WCCA Rams.

After already suffering three District 6-A losses, the Rams only hope for the playoffs is to win their remaining games and garner one of the two wild card playoffs spots.

The Rams must start a winning streak beginning with Friday night’s home game against Riverdale.

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“Our playoffs start this week,” WCCA coach Sam Byrd IV said. “We know what the task at hand is. We have to take care of our business. We either win or go home.”

It won’t be an easy task for the Rams this week, as they will face a Riverdale team smarting after a 38-0 loss to Huntington last Friday.

Riverdale comes in with a 3-3 overall record and 3-2 district record. They have lost their last two games, both district contests.

“Riverdale runs a power set on offense and likes to run you over,” Byrd said. “They’re bigger than we are so we’re going to have to get after it on defense. They key to the game is going to be our ability to stop their running game.”

WCCA is also nursing some injuries that were suffered in last Friday’s 44-22 loss to Tensas Academy, but Byrd said none of them were major and everyone is well on their way to recovery.

Another thing the Rams will have to recover from is the beating they took from Tensas last Friday.

The Chiefs dominated the game, especially quarterback Bennett Schauf, who ran for 149 yards and three touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass in the victory.

“That game is on me,” Byrd said. “I didn’t do a good job preparing the team for that game.”

Byrd said he expects his team to be ready to play in a must-win game this Friday against Riverdale.

“If we can execute our assignments on defense and offense, we’ll be OK,” Byrd said. “We’ll be ready.”