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Alexander Cougars aim for first win of season
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
September 26, 2012 02:07 PM | 1729 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alexander High head football coach Matt Combs goes over plays with defender Tyler Tolbert during a recent practice.
Alexander High head football coach Matt Combs goes over plays with defender Tyler Tolbert during a recent practice.
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With three games and a scrimmage behind them this season, the Alexander Cougars hope to get their first win of the season as they compete against Troup on Sept. 28.

Alexander has only seen one victory this year, but it’s not reflected in their 0-3 record as it was merely a preseason scrimmage against Chapel Hill on Aug. 17.

Since the scrimmage, the Cougars have scored less and less in each game, starting with 28 points in game one against Bremen, to zero against Carver in game three.

“I think it has to do with execution,” said head football coach Matt Combs. However, Combs said his team has improved, at least in one area.

“While scores don’t show it, we have gotten better each week. Our defense has improved greatly over the three-week span,” said Combs.

With the Cougars scoring only 34 points and giving up a total of 83 points to the opposing teams of the first three games, Alexander needs to work on moving the ball on offense better as well as making more stops on defense.

The Cougars have utilized their bye week to practice as much as possible and work on the weak points of their game, which include building their endurance physically and hustle mentally, Combs said.

Combs said the biggest problem for his team is playing all the way through the entire game, all four quarters. Not simply being on the field, but the Cougars need to put forth 100 percent effort and go hard on every play until the whistle blows.

“We have shown some glimpses of a good team, but the great ones are able to play four quarters of football. Right now we are playing two and a half quarters,” Combs said.

Combs said his team is young, but they have shown they are capable of performing well; they simply need to execute what they know to do as they have learned that “every play” is important during the game.

Going into Friday’s game, Alexander and Troup are both coming off a bye week. With the week free from competition and an extra day to work prepare, one of these 0-3 teams will finally get their first win of the season.
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