ScoutSouth.com: Cedar Bluff at TCC
While Cedar Bluff stands at 7-4, they have outscored their opponents 302-141 this season, but their past several game decisions have ended either in overtime or a last-minute play.
Last weekend against Lynn, Cedar Bluff was able to intercept the ball on their own 25-yard line in the second-to-last play of the game to escape with a 28-20 win.
"It was an exciting game for the fans, not so much from a coaching standpoint," said head coach Jonathan McWhorter.
Talladega County Central's first playoff game wasn't quite as exciting, as they defeated Phillips Bear Creek 34-0. On their way to their first undefeated season in school history and through their first playoff game, TCC has outscored their opponents an astonishing 368-43 and have actually only allowed four teams to score at all this season.
Despite their 34-point victory, TCC head coach Chris Mahand was disappointed in the number of unnecessary penalties and turnovers his team allowed last week.
"We definitely can't have that if we plan on continuing in the playoffs," Mahand said. "Like I tell the boys, from the playoff time on, the teams that we're going to play are all good teams or they wouldn't have made it to the second round. When you play teams at this caliber, it's always going to boil down to who executes the best and who makes the least amount of mistakes."
While Mahand says going undefeated was not among his team's goals this season, winning a regional championship was.
"It just so happened that, along the way, we ended up having an undefeated season, and the guys are really excited about that," he said.
Mahand is excited about the school's first undefeated season as well, but for now, he has encouraged his team to move past that excitement.
"They were real excited about [going undefeated] in Week 10, but it's not about that anymore," Mahand said. "Now it's about going 5-0, because if we don't go 5-0 from this point on, the 10-0 doesn't really mean much."
"Obviously they've head a great season this year," McWhorter said of Talladega County Central, who is currently ranked No. 2 in the state. "They've got a great team, and we're really going to have to go in and execute and not turn the ball over offensively. We've got to play a real good game to give us a chance to win."
Cedar Bluff will travel to Talladega Friday night to face TCC at 7:00.
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