After a near-comeback win last week, First Presbyterian Christian Academy is looking to take some momentum tonight to Cordele as it faces the Crisp Academy Wildcats at 7:30.
The first-year Highlanders (0-7) still are trying to notch their first win in the program’s history.
The Wildcats are coming off a 38-12 loss to Frederica Academy, while the Highlanders are poised to fight to the finish much like they did in their 48-46 loss last week at home against Toombs Christian Academy. The Crusaders held a 36-14 lead in the first half, but FPCA rallied only to be cut short by an interception in the final minutes inside the Crusaders 5.
Highlanders coach Andy Yanzetich said they know what to expect against the Wildcats.
“They are a power team, much like Toombs Academy was,” he said. “And they will run the power-I and the wishbone. It’s the same situation we went up against the past three games, and our defense is set up for it.”
Yanzetich said his offense will need to move the chains and keep the ball in play.
“And when we get the opportunity to make the big plays, we have to make them,” he said.
Big plays drove the Highlanders’ comeback last week. In the second half, FPCA recovered two onside kicks that led to points. The Highlanders also scooped up a fumble for a touchdown.
Yanzetich said his team still is learning to be more disciplined and patient.
“We have to be patient and wait for them (big plays) instead of pushing for that big play,” he said. “Sometimes, we push too much and we are not ready for it while the other team is prepared for it. We have to wait for certain spots to make the big play.”