It’s a strange time to have a bye week. Alexander Central and the rest of Western North Carolina will spend a Friday night not under the lights of a football stadium. Due to the games lost after Hurricane Mathew in October, teams to the East will play their final regular season games tonight. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association made the decision to delay the start of the post season.
For Coach Butch Carter and his Cougars, they could use the rest. Look at it this way. They have played 10 straight Fridays because their bye week fell in week two. They have a quarterback in Gunnar Anderson who is, based on his limited action last Friday, well limited. Anderson suffered a painful shoulder injury against Statesville two weeks ago and another week will perhaps give him a chance to get his throwing arm back in shape. It was obvious last Friday in the win over West Iredell that Gunnar was not capable of throwing a pass and there was no chance he was going to run the ball either. He played the first half and kept his uniform and his damaged shoulder clean. His teammates built a 41-0 lead and he watched the 2nd half from the sideline.
Coach Carter said Monday “This week off is going to help us”. It’s not just Gunnar Anderson. Any team at this time of the year has bruises, bumps, and aches.
The state playoff pairings will be released sometime Saturday afternoon and this we know for certain , the Cougars will be on the road in round one. With a record of 7-4 , they are apt to face an elite team, perhaps one that is undefeated. That’s just how it goes but here’s this. The Cougars feel they are better than 7-4, they just might be a team that could put it together in the post season and make a run. It’s happened for lesser teams, so why not us ?
We will post the playoff pairings Saturday.