Centreville faces tough challenge Friday

Published 12:01 am Thursday, August 30, 2012

Centreville — The Centreville Academy football team won’t have much time to prepare for its toughest opponent so far this season.

Tropical Storm Isaac kept the Tigers off the practice field Wednesday and today, but the team still plans on playing this week’s game against Parklane Academy (2-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.

“We’re still on go for Friday right now,” Centreville assistant coach Brian Stutzman said.

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Stutzman said Parklane is a tough opponent and missing practice would make the Tigers’ task that much more difficult Friday.

“We had two good days of practice Monday and Tuesday,” he said. “But this affects preparation. We’ll miss out on some repetitions, and it’s the mental game that’s going to hurt us.”

Stutzman said Parklane does a lot of different things on offense, and the Tigers are taking a crash course this week on how to defend the Pioneers’ attack.

“Parklane is a big, physical team,” he said. “They run a lot of (the) option offensively, and they are pretty good at it. They have a real good quarterback and several good running backs, and they can throw the ball well. They will be a challenge for us to stop.”

Stutzman said Parklane also has possibly the best defense the Tigers will face all season.

“We’ll have to play the best game we’ve played all year to compete with them,” he said.

Stutzman said a win Friday over the MAIS-AAA team would be huge for Centreville (MAIS-AA).

“It’s a friendly rivalry,” he said. “We just want to try to compete with them, and if we get the victory it would be a huge boost for us.”

Centreville (2-0) will host Parklane at 7 p.m. Friday.

Glenbrook at WCCA

WOODVILLE — The Wilkinson County Christian Academy football team knows it will not play its game against Glenbrook School Friday. But the team still is unsure of when the game will be played, head coach David Wright said.

Wright said a decision on a game time had not been made by Wednesday evening, and he did not know when that decision would be made.

The Rams are in the same boat as other schools in the area. They have not practiced since Tuesday and will not practice today.

Wright said missing practice hurts his team, but it will also give the players a chance to face adversity.

“I hate the kids aren’t with me every day,” he said. “I don’t like not getting ready with a normal day of practice, but we will see our leadership step up to battle the storm.”

Wright said Glenbrook would bring a powerful offense to Woodville whenever Tropical Storm Isaac allows the teams to play.

“We know they have a high-powered offense,” he said. “They like to spread it out, a lot like Cathedral. It’s similar to (Cathedral’s) style of play.”

Glenbrook is WCCA’s first MAIS District 3-A opponent of the season, and that adds another element to this week’s game, Wright said.

“We could play with the mentality of getting better (in the first game),” Wright said. “But we better be there this week and be ready.”

Wright said quarterback Taylor Prevost did a good job running the Rams’ offense in their 27-6 win over Prentiss Christian last week, and Prevost will have to do so again this week.