Rams win and they’re in playoffs

Published 12:25 am Tuesday, October 30, 2007

WOODVILLE — After 10 games, it has come down to this.

A win against Amite School Center Friday night in the season’s final game and WCCA is in the MPSA playoffs as the second wild card team. A loss and their season comes to an end.

“We have to take care of our business,” WCCA coach Sam Byrd IV said. “Nobody can knock us out of the playoffs as long as we win on Friday.”

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The Rams (6-4, 5-3 District 6-A) received a favorable opponent for a game they must win, as they will host Amite School Center, a team that is just 1-9 on the season, in a non-district contest.

The Rebels’ only win was a 21-0 victory over Veritas two weeks ago. Amite lost to Oak Forest 35-14 last week.

Even so, Byrd doesn’t consider them a pushover.

“They have played a very tough schedule in AA this year,” Byrd said. “I have a lot of respect for them.”

Even though there is some pressure going into Friday’s game, Byrd said he doesn’t believe his team will be affected by it.

“I don’t think it will bother them,” Byrd said. “What they’ve worked for all season is within their grasp. They control their own destiny. That is one of the best things you can have as a team. Nothing anybody else does affects us. It’s a good spot to be in. We either win and keep going or lose and go home.”

WCCA, which lost to Centreville 42-6 last week in a non-district game, comes into Friday’s contest much healthier.

Tailback Trumaine Norwood suffered a high ankle sprain against Cenla two weeks ago and was held out last week, but should be able to play Friday.

Quarterback Cody Cullen and fullback Cory Havard are also cleared to play after missing time with injuries.

“We have all our starters back for this game, so as long as we execute and play good defense, we should be fine,” Byrd said. “We just need to get a win.”