Photos courtesy of Amanda Hall
The Lavaca Golden Arrows will be traveling to Western Yell Country to take on the Wolverines. On paper this looks to be a lop-sided match up. Lavaca is averaging 267.2 yards per game while Western Yell is only averaging 119.3. Although, The Arrows are doing anything but looking past the Wolverines. Lavaca was handed its first and only conference loss last week in a bruising battle with Mountainburg. Even though conference play has just began, this game has the feel of a must win. It’s going to be a tight race to the playoffs and Lavaca needs to win in order to keep pace.
Lavaca Head Football Coach Bryan Schlinker said “we have to play assignment football. They run a lot of option, so we all have to do our jobs. We need to play with the same physicality and heart that we did last week. That is the only way we will be successful.” Last weeks game with Mountainburg was a brutal game with big hits from big players, yet Lavaca never quit. They will need to keep the same intensity this Friday.
Other than winning for the purpose of winning, there is another added element to Friday’s game. Coach Chris Morphis is the new Head Football Coach at Western Yell. Last year coach Morphis was the defensive coordinator at Lavaca. I asked Coach Schlinker how much, if any, pressure or motivation playing the former Lavaca coach added. “Anytime you play a former coach, kids will be amped up. We are really trying to focus on the fact that our focus should be on beating Western Yell, not the coach.” Coach Schlinker said. Although, there is no doubt that this element creates an anticipation and a little extra motivation. This should be a fun match up to watch. So Friday night plan to take a little road trip and support this Arrow Team!