Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

Local Sports

November 7, 2012

Wilcox guns for region title in game vs. Telfair

Rochelle — Incentives.

Wilcox High’s Patriots will have plenty of them when they host Telfair County’s Trojans in their final regular season game kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“First of all, our kids are aware of what a win will do — give us a good chance for home field advantage in every playoff game we’re in with the exception of the finals if we’re fortunate enough to make it that far,” Wilcox head coach Mark Ledford said.

“A victory would also allow us to repeat as region (2-A) champs and secure at least the No. 2 spot in the power rankings being used to determine the field for the 16-team playoffs (that start on Nov. 16).

“Plus with it being our first home appearance in a month and our senior night observation, it represents a good chance for us to recognize our 12th graders for all they’ve meant to our program.”

Telfair is not without motivation itself.

One of the hottest teams in the region, a victory would extend the Trojans’ current winning streak to four games, better its report card to 7-3 overall, 4-2 in league play and likely qualify it for postseason play.

If so, it would be a rarity for the school which last made a playoff appearance in 2004 squad when it lost out in the first round of state and finished 6-5.

Its 1993 team did post a perfect 10-0 regular season mark, beat Charlton County 27-12 in the first round of state and lose to Johnson County 16-9 in the second round.

A loss to Wilcox would result in Telfair finishing with a 6-4 mark that would equal the report card of its non-playoff 1994 and 2006 squads.

“The very fact they’ve done as well as they have thus far this season lets our kids know we have to come ready to play,” Ledford said. “They’ve have seen the same game films our coaches have of the Trojans so they know we have to respect them.”

Thus far this season, Telfair has beaten Wheeler (45-21), Baconton Charter (41-0), Southeast Bulloch (28-21), Turner (43-24), Lanier (30-13) and Charlton (29-21). Its losses have come at the hands of Jeff Davis (35-21), Clinch (17-9) and Irwin (55-21).

“They’re probably the surprise team of our region and definitely are its most improved team as second-year head coach Matt Burleson is doing a super job of turning that program around,” Ledford said.

“The main thing you see when viewing them in action is that they’re taking the field not hoping to win but expecting to win. And with their talent and speed, they don’t back off for anybody.

“The 11 guys they have on the field at any team play hard on every offensive and defensive snap as well as on special teams. They’re using that attitude to create opportunities for themselves.”

On offense, Ledford said the Trojans have shown opponents a variety of sets including a wing-T look similar to what the Patriots saw last weekend while posting a hard-fought 28-21 win over Irwin County.

“They’ll also get into the shotgun and throw a little bit,” Ledford said. “When they pass, they do so well as their quarterback does a good job of finding the open receiver as they’ve had some big gains by air.

“When they run, which they do a little more than they throw, they go hard up the middle and also have three backs with the speed to get outside.”

On defense, Ledford said the Trojans employ a very aggressive 3-5 front while stunting and blitzing in an effort to create confusion up front in the opposition’s blocking schemes.

“They’ve got one of the best defensive players we’ve seen in No. 22 who flip-flops at the end positions and a secondary that’s very athletic as evidenced by the two interceptions they returned for touchdowns against Charlton (in a huge upset last Friday night).”

Asked what Wilcox must do in order to come out on top, Ledford said it needs to “play sound in all phases of the game.

“With Telfair seeming to thrive off turnovers, we need to eliminate fumbles and interceptions and we’ve got to take advantage of any scoring opportunities we might have.”

Text Only
Local Sports
  • 4-24 Clements-Miller.jpg Lady Cougar netters defeat Burke; Cougars lose to Wayne in state net openers

     Crisp County High’s Lady Cougars extended to 14 Tuesday the number of consecutive years the school’s feminine netters have won the first round of the state tennis tournament.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • CCHS golfers place second in Region 1-AAAA tournament

    Crisp County High’s golfers learned late Wednesday afternoon the 375 score they shot while placing second in Tuesday’s Region 1-AAAA tournament wasn’t good enough to earn them a trip to sectionals.

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-24 Hough ca. Westover.JPG Cougars romp to runaway win over Westover Patriots

     It’s gotten to the point now that just about every time Crisp County High’s Cougars take to the baseball field they either set, equal or extend some type record.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wildcats score unimpressive win over Georgia Christian

    Under normal circumstances, when a team beats its opponent by a 7-1 score it  has played well.
    To hear Crisp Academy coach Tim Harris tell it, though, that was far from being the case for his Wildcats when they defeated Georgia Christian by that count Tuesday.

    April 23, 2014

  • Pitching lifts CA past SGA in non-region battle

    At the high school level, the game of baseball starts with pitching — an ingredient Crisp Academy’s Wildcats used effectively Monday to get an 8-4 win over Southwest Georgia Academy’s Warriors.

    April 23, 2014

  • Crisp, Fullington golfers struggle at region

    Neither of the area’s two private schools will be sending a golfer to the state tournament after struggling in GISA area play Tuesday at Stonebridge Country Club.

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-24 Shealy hurls.JPG Shealy leads way as Fullington ekes out win over Terrell

    Although the statistics junior Braden Shealy compiled in a might indicate otherwise, the rare 4-3 victory Fullington Academy registered Tuesday over Terrell Academy wasn’t exactly a one-man show.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Trojans top Twiggs in 9-innings duel

    Fullington Academy’s Trojans had to labor an extra two innings in their Monday game vs. Twiggs Academy, but in the end got the baseball payday they wanted in the form of a 6-3 victory.

    April 23, 2014

  • Wilcox High golfers eliminated from further postseason play

    Wilcox High’s Lady Patriot golfers advanced to the sectionals round of state with a second place finish, but its Patriots saw their season come to an end in Tuesday’s Region 2-A tournament.
    Coach Cody Green’s girls shot a 274 while placing second to a Schley County duo that turned in a sizzling 185 score while automatically qualifying for the overall state tournament.

    April 23, 2014

  • Patriots defeat Echols twice

    One day after romping to an 11-1 home field win over Echols County’s Wildcats, Wilcox High’s Patriots had to go down to the wire to post a 5-4 road victory over them Tuesday in Region 2-A action.

    April 23, 2014

Business Marquee
AP Video
House Ads
Weather Radar
Video Gallery
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Seasonal Content

Will you be following the Olympic Games?

A. Yes
B. No
C. Only some events
     View Results