ScoutSouth.com: HC Danny Powell Talks of Game

This is Coach Danny Powell's second year as Leroy's head coach although he has been at the school for a dozen years. He set the bar pretty high last year by winning the state championship. ScoutSouth.com talked with Coach Powell about the big game this week between the No.1 2A Bears and No.1 1A Sweet Water Bulldogs.



Coach Powell on Sweet Water:

"Coach Luker does a great job up there, and they've got an outstanding football team. A lot of people have even made the statement they may be the best team 1A through 4A. Sportswriters. No doubt they have a great football team.

"They have almost everybody returning from last year, and of course they beat Thomasville pre-season the No.1 ranked 4A team in the opener this year. They have no weaknesses."

"They've got a veteran offensive line that's all back. They've got (running back, Anthony) Landrum whose set a jillion records up there, maybe more. Drew Luker (quarterback) does a great job of running the offense and running the football and throwing it as needed."

"They don't throw it a whole lot, but they don't have to behind that big line with all their backs and Landrum and Luker carrying the football."

"Defensively, they are just as good if not better than offensively. They are really solid across there. They give up very few points or yardage. We had a lot of difficulty with them last year (35-6) and they do a great job of scheming up there. They've just got an outstanding football team with no weaknesses."

On his quarterback Clint Moseley (6-4, 200)

"Moseley is having a good year for us throwing and running the football. He's able to do both. He runs out of the spread and out of the I (formation). He has thrown for about 900 or so yards and has run for 200-300 more."

"He does a good job of running the offense. He's a big kid. He's a junior. He was our starter last year as a sophomore. He has a lot of experience and is getting better and taking on more leadership roles."

To win this game.

"We'll have to play the best that we've played. Our defense has played better the last two weeks, and that's very encouraging. We felt going into the year that was our strong point and hope they will continue to play well. They will get their biggest test Friday night. We hope we are able to stop them some."

"Offensively, we had not had many turnovers until last week. We had several last week. We've got to avoid that. We have been hurting ourselves with penalties on offense. For us to even have a chance, we're going to have play error-free football. We can't have very many penalties at all, and no turnovers for us to even have a chance to stay on the field with them."

This week's practice.

"Pretty good. Not quiet as well as hoped. We had a real good Monday, Tuesday was kind of okay, not as good as we had hoped to have. Hope we can go out and have a good day this afternoon. We really, really need a good day."

Injuries:

"We've got several injuries. We've got one of our lineman hurt. He is going to be out. He hasn't been able to practice this week. Michael Bracy, our starting tailback, he wasn't able to pratice last week. Johnny Williams (wide receiver) has been hampered by a groin injury most all season, and he's not really a lot better. He's a big play guy from last year on the outside that's really been plagued by injuries. We've got three or four pretty critical injuries."

"That's part of it this time of year. Everybody is going to have some of those."

Rivalry:

"It used to be a rivalry in the past. They competed for some area championships in region play. We haven't played until last year in a number of years, so it's not a real big rivalry.

"Their big rival is Thomasville. We've got Jackson and Washington County, but it's a big pride game with them coming in No.1. Of course they beat us around pretty bad last year. Our kids don't really know each other as well as they do in some of the other games."

"Both teams really have a good tradition. Sweet Water, for years, and us from the 90s or late 80s 15-20 years for us, 25-30 years for them. It's big tradition football schools. Both of us won the '04 and '06 state championships, so it's an exciting football game for both teams, a good measuring stick."

How coach Powell views this game.

"We're kind of in a murderer's row here right now. We played Georgiana a big football game last week, and they were unbeaten in the region. They (Sweet Water) had Linden, which they thought they was going to probably be a little more trouble than they were. Then with Sweet Water this week, and we've got Flomaton who is undefeated next week in a huge region game there. You can't overhype this game because we've got to come back next week."

"In reality the Flomaton game is a bigger football game for us because it's region. This is a big game to people around the state because it is a No.1 vs a No.1 football game that you don't get very often anywhere or at any level. This game is probably a little more hyped by the media than by Coach Luker and I."

"It's good for the kids to get the attention. We like that, but we've got to keep them level-headed and know where they are going and realize we are more likely to not play some of the kids if they don't get a little better (healthy) this week because we've got to have them next week."

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