Friday, Jul 25, 2014

Streaks set for Cowboys


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The Sebring football team can't wait to get on the field for tonight's game against LaBelle to try and erase the memory of last week's disappointing 21-0 loss to Hardee.

The Class 6A Blue Streaks come into tonight's non-district clash at 2-1, while the Class 4A Cowboys are 1-2 after losing to Lemon Bay by a score of 56-21 last Friday.

Sebring, which had three turnovers and more than 100 yards in penalties in last Friday's loss to the Wildcats, is looking to cut down on mental and physical mistakes.

"We had a lot of self-inflicted wounds against Hardee," said Sebring coach LaVaar Scott. "I thought we got a butt whipping, but after looking at the game film I saw we had a ton of silly mistakes and just didn't execute."

LaBelle, which runs an I-formation on offense, is similar to Sebring as the Cowboys like to run the ball, especially between the tackles.

"LaBelle is a lot like us," Scott said. "They are physical and want to run the ball effectively and pass enough to keep you honest.

"They have two good running backs, a big offensive line and they're going to play smashmouth football and we have to be ready for it."

Sebring had a dose of that style against Hardee and the Blue Streaks are prepared for a physical contest.

"It's good that we're going to see the same kind of offense as Hardee ran," Scott said. "We're a little banged up but if we read our keys properly and execute we should be able to contain LaBelle's running game."

The Cowboys like to put a lot of players close to the line of scrimmage to stop the run and the Blue Streaks are hoping to gash the LaBelle defense with some big plays.

Sebring has talented runners in Giovanni Jenkins and Willie Allen, but senior A.J. Gayle will miss the game with a sprained ankle.

"We're used to teams stacking the line of scrimmage against us," Scott said. "We're going to hold A.J. out because we have a bye next week and we're trying to buy some time so he'll be ready for our district games.

"We missed his inside running against Hardee, but Giovanni and Willie have stepped up and done a good job and they'll do the same thing against LaBelle."

Incelment weather has affected Sebring's practice schedule this week, but the Blue Streak players are excited about the opportunity to play LaBelle and build some momentum heading into their bye week.

"We haven't been able to practice like we wanted because of the weather this week," Scott said. "But our guys are looking forward to getting back on the field against LaBelle. We're going to come out ready to go and a win is vital heading into the bye week.

"We want to get back to basics, get some guys healthy and be ready for the start of our district schedule."

Kick off is set for 7 tonight at Cowboys Stadium.

mpinson@highlandstoday.com

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Where: Cowboys Stadium

When: Tonight at 7

Cost: $5

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