The longer a football season grinds onward typically the more injuries become a part of the story.
John Milledge Academy football is no different, as the Trojans head down Interstate 16 Friday to play Memorial Day School in the GISA AA state semifinal.
“This time of year we are out of Band-Aids and aspirin,” JMA head coach J.T. Wall said. “We are getting back as close as we can. We’ve got some guys that are stepping up like we’ve done all year. It’s next man up. This time of year players have to make plays no matter what position they are in.”
Senior defensive back and wide receiver Vince McPherson hasn’t practiced this week due to a foot injury.
Wall said coaches will know if junior Cody Miller could play after today.
Juniors Garret Kitchens and Chase Register are ready to go against the Matadors.
The Trojans’ coach said the entire team understands the championship goal.
“They are rallying around each other and making each other better. One guy goes down and two or three more guys step up,” Wall said. “That’s the sign of a championship team. We don’t care if it’s pretty or ugly. We just want to find a way to win.”
The Trojans hit the road for their longest road trip of the year.
Team focus shouldn’t be an issue at this point.
“They know this is a business trip,” the head coach said.
Monday’s practice was less than full speed, giving players a chance to recover after a physical game.
JMA defeated Westwood easily 42-7 last Friday though Wall said it didn’t feel like it.
“We felt like we were fighting for every inch up until the end. We don’t feel like this week will be any easier,” he said.
Memorial Day fields eight players weighing more than 250 pounds with four 300-plus. The Matadors don’t lack speed either.
“They have four of the fastest guys I’ve ever seen,” Wall said. “We’ll have to stay in our lanes defensively and cut off where these guys can run. We aren’t going to tackle them with one guy. Everybody must get to the football to bottle them up.”
Memorial Day hosts John Milledge with Memorial Stadium kickoff set at 7:30 p.m.
“It’s going to be a fun game. You love a challenge this time of year,” Wall said. “I think our guys are up to it. I don’t think they will be intimidated.”