Alexander took a 41-14 victory over the Bremen Blue Devils Aug. 24 in the West Georgia Football Classic at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton.
Head coach Matt Combs said the team was determined to have a different outcome than last season against Bremen after a 34-28 loss “left a bad taste” in their mouths.
“These young men have not forgotten how they felt after the game last year and they continuously reminded each other of that feeling,” Combs said.
According to Combs, the team’s attitude and how they handle adversity changed, and made the difference.
With such a big turnaround from last season’s matchup, there were many positives on both the defensive and offensive sides of the ball for the Cougars. Combs said his players were physical, serving up some big hits and the offensive line opened up some big holes to produce a 300-yard rusher for the team.
“Our defense being able to hold an offense like that to only 183 total yards is pretty impressive. They made some crucial fourth down stops. Offensively, I was impressed with the way we block at the line of scrimmage and down field,” Combs said.
The offensive line received major credit from Combs as these five seniors were the “unsung heroes” Combs said were the reason Alexander was able to wear down Bremen in the fourth quarter.
Aside from the line, Combs named three players as the key players of the night.
Junior tailback Mikell Land- Davis had 321 rushing yards on 23 carries for four touchdowns, and three receptions for 15 yards.
Senior wide receiver and free safety Brian Dansereau had eight receptions for 98 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, he had five solo and five assisted tackles.
Senior strong safety Deonte Cox had nine solo tackles, five assists and one fumble recovery.
With no game on Aug. 30, the Cougars will focus on the special teams as they prepare for their Friday home opener against McIntosh, Combs said.
“We have to get better at this if we want to win the close football games or the games that the public thinks we shouldn’t win,” he said.