With a conference championship and a home playoff game, Alexander Central Football is trending in a positive direction.
The Cougars will host Cuthberson this evening at Glenn Wilson Field at Cougar Stadium. It’s the first time the Cougars have hosted a playoff game since 2010 when they fell to West Charlotte in round one, 20-7. The last time the Blue and Gold won a playoff game at home was 2009 when they beat Porter Ridge 38-21.
Cuthbertson might seem like easy pickings for the 10-1 Cougars as the Cavaliers visit Taylorsville with a record of 4-7. That record was earned as the result of a brutal schedule. The visitors from Union County are a member of the Southern Carolina Conference which features the likes of Charlotte Catholic (11-0), Marvin Ridge (10-1) , Weddington (8-3, and Sun Valley (8-3). Their non league matchups were no bargain either including Concord Robinsion (9-2) and Kings Mountain (10-1). Coach Butch Carter says “They are the best 4-7 team you’ll ever see” and he and his coaching staff has spent the week convincing the team to not look past their foe or they will be one and done in the post season.
Cuthbertson will throw the ball about 70 percent of their plays and feature QB Davis Walker who has thrown for 1,900 yards and 17 touchdown passes against the tough competition. He spreads it to a stable of tall wide receivers and backs. The Cavaliers also feature a tailback in Myles Wallace who has rushed for 1,003 yards and 9 touchdowns this season.
The Cougars feature a prolific ground attack with a pair of 1,000 yards rushers in Devon Weiss and Bryson Godfrey. Weiss sustained a rib injury in the regular season finale but is expected to be in the lineup this evening. Coach Carter said this week that two other starters, LB Lyndon Strickland (shoulder) and LB Trey Lackey (ankle) are hoping to be ready after injuries last week as well. Quarterback Gunnar Anderson was himself injured in the Cougar’s playoff trip to eventual State 4A Champion Greensboro Dudley last year, and he’s raring to go.Coach Carter said that “We’re going to put it in the hands of our senior QB, we know he can lead us.” Anderson mentioned earlier in the week “I can’t wait, we’re going to be ready.”
One factor in the game tonight might be the pressure the Cougars can put on the Cuthbertson quarterback. Junior tackle Isaac Chapman has been a terror in the face of passers all year. He leads the team with 22.5 tackles for loss.
Game time is 7:30. The Countdown to Cougar Kick-off goes on the air at 6:30 !