VINEMONT — Alan Scott wasn’t really pleased with that much he saw during Vinemont’s 38-6 defeat to Winfield in last Friday night’s Class 3A, Region 5 clash.
The Eagles had too many penalties, too many turnovers and a few too many missed assignments on both sides of the football for the fourth-year head coach.
The effort when they got down big was “poor.”
While Scott was understandably frustrated by his team’s play, he acknowledged it was a new day and everything that plagued his group against the Pirates was “fixable.”
“We’ve got to take care of ourselves this week,” the coach said. “We’ve got to maintain that intensity against good teams for all four quarters. That’s how you win. We’ll go back and fix it.”
The Red and White (2-2) will step out of region action for an Eagle-on-Eagle matchup with 2A Cold Springs (4-1) this Friday night inside the latter’s Cranford Stricklin Stadium.
It’ll pit two county teams versus each other — both of which share a very similar offensive philosophy. Vinemont has earned 10 straight wins in the series with the last coming in 2001, a 34-16 affair.
Both Eagle squads are run-heavy teams that throw a handful of passes all year long. Each group has a trio of running backs, two bruisers and one speed guy.
For the road team, it’ll rely heavily on talented kids like John Michael Dye, Orey Woods and Bo Wright to lift them offensively.
“It’s almost like looking in a mirror really,” Scott said. “Those two squads want to establish the run and be physical up front. Our guys are going to have to respond to that challenge when it comes on Friday. Cold Springs is playing really well right now. Coach (Rod) Elliott has those guys believing they can win each and every game they play.”
The Blue and Gold put up video game-type numbers in a 47-12 home win against Falkville last Friday and will look to use a big win over a tough Vinemont team as a springboard toward the second half of their season.
If senior Trey Guthery has anything to do about it, however, Cold Springs’ next victory won’t come on Friday. No way, no how.
“We’ve been focused on doing what we know we can do this week,” the defensive back said. “It’s really the simple things if you think about it. We’ve just got to do them right.”
The fact the Blue and Gold run a similar offense to his own team makes for a little bit easier of a task when scheming in the film room. Well, not easy. Just easier.
While Nic Rollo and Austin Moore provide the power and Christian Crandall, the speed, it’ll be up to Guthery and Co. to make sure his Eagles run and soar a little higher than the home team come Friday night.
“They’re kind of like us,” he said. “They’re going to run the ball against you until you stop it, if you stop it. And if you do stop it, we’ve got to make them real uncomfortable when throwing the ball, too.”
Vinemont could certainly use a victory to wash the bad taste of last week’s debacle from their palates. After the Eagles, the Red and White play four straight region bouts which will all but determine whether or not they return to the postseason for a second time in three seasons.
That being said, Scott knows his team will have its hands full with a talented Cold Springs squad.
“We want to take care of business in a contest like this,” he said. “It’s a county rivalry. We played them a few springs ago. It was tough. Any time you’re playing somebody from Cullman County, you know you’re going to get their very best. We are expecting nothing less from them on Friday.
“When you step on the field, you want to execute and do the best you can. If we do those little things and take care of our business, the scoreboard will take care of itself. We’ve just got to do what we do.”