Growing pains for Gadsden teams

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All three local teams set to play Friday

After defeat last week at Panama City Mosley, the West Gadsden Panthers will prowl into Tallahassee Friday to take on FAMU High.
Antonio Bradwell, West Gadsden’s head football coach said it will be up to his young team to master the fundamentals of the game.
“They’ve just got to grow up in a hurry,” he said. “We’ve got to take our lumps until we get it together.”
Jamiriquan Robinson, No. 4, did manage four carries for 5 yards. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
East Gadsden High School will face Rickards High at 7 p.m. Friday.
Bobcats bow to Baconton
The Bobcats of Robert F. Munroe fell to the Blazers of Baconton (GA) Charter by the score of 26-6 last Friday at Godby Field. The youthful and undersized Bobcats could not stop the larger Baconton team, as the visitors dominated both the scoreboard and time of possession with a methodical ground game. The home-standing Bobcats, who have played the first two games of the season at Godby Field due to the turf at Corry Field being removed and freshly sprigged in late spring, closed to within a touchdown at 13-6 in the second quarter, but a mishandled punt gave Baconton the ball in scoring position just before the end of the half. The Blazers capitalized and went into the break leading 20-6. They would score once more in the third quarter to make it 26-6.
“Turning the ball over to them after holding their offense was a big momentum-changer,” said Bobcat Head Coach Danny Hood. “We had scored to get within a touchdown and felt like we were getting things going. All that changed when they tacked on another score right before the half.”
Things got off to a rocky start for the Bobcats, as senior offensive lineman J.D. Jones suffered a high ankle sprain in warm-ups and was unable to participate.
“Losing J.D. before the first snap hurt,” said Hood. “He’s a big contributor on both sides of the ball.”
The RFM rushing attack was held in check by Baconton’s size and their dominance of the interior line. The Bobcats were forced to rely primarily on scrambles by the quarterback and the passing game to move the ball. Their only score came on a 23-yard pass from Myles Edwards to Bo Bailey midway through the second quarter. “We’ve got to have some vast improvement in the next week. Baconton controlled the line of scrimmage for the majority of the game and that was the difference.”
Improvement will be a must for the Bobcats, as they travel to take on the Gators of Wewahitchka. Like RFM, Wewa started the year 0-2 with losses to Port St. Joe and Vernon. They would like nothing more than to get a win and turn things around, as would the Bobcats.
“We’re not fooled by the record,” Hood said. “We know they’ve got some speed and run a lot of misdirection plays. We’ve got to be disciplined on defense and if we execute on offense, we should be able to move the ball.” Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. Friday.