Bobcats hope to get 2nd conference win Friday night
Berryville football coach Austin Winters has stressed to his team the importance of taking one game at a time. Friday night's home game against Huntsville could very well be the last game of the year for the Bobcats. If Berryville (3-6, 1-5 4A-1) was to get its second conference win of the season, things could get very interesting, though.
"It could come down to a tie-breaker," Winters said in reference to getting into the playoffs. "The kids asked about that and we told them we have to take care of Huntsville. That's all we are thinking about and we will go from there."
Huntsville coach Tommy Tice retired last year, but Winters said first-year coach Randy Barnhill hasn't changed things very much.
"They like to run the ball," Winters said. "They run the triple option, Wishbone-type stuff. They execute well. Their quarterback is athletic. Defensively, they run a 4-3. That is their main difference because last year they ran a 3-4. We have to go out and win the battle up front."
Winters knows that for the Bobcats to beat Huntsville, Berryville will have to execute well on offense and defense.
"We have to go out, take care of our responsibilities, take care of the ball and win the turnover battle," Winters said.
Even if the Bobcats come up short of making the playoffs, a win against Huntsville (3-6, 2-4) would mark the first time since 2008 that Berryville had two conference wins. Winters said that would be great for the program moving forward.
"We just keep working hard and the score will take care of itself," Winters said.
Being the last game of the regular season, there have been a number of junior high players practicing with the senior high. Winters said they have been working hard during practice and the senior leaders have been helping the younger kids.
"They have been going hard and giving good looks this week," Winters said. "It's good to have them. Leadership is the thing we will miss from the seniors, on and off the field. Just those younger guys seeing the older guys doing things and picking up things from them."
Friday night will be the last time the seniors take the field at Ronnie Clark Field. Winters has known this group since eighth grade. As a result, he knows how hard they have worked during their time at Berryville.
"It goes by fast," Winters said. "That's what we tell them when they are sophomores. They don't believe you then. It sinks in a little bit when they are juniors and then their senior year is there is no time. Just seeing those guys grow and mature has been great. They are a great group of kids and will be successful."
On Friday, Berryville hosts Huntsville. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.