The Spring Hill Bears are ready to take action on the road tonight to face a very good and tough Foreman Gators team on their Homecoming to open 7-2A Conference play in Foreman.
The Spring Hill Bears are ready to take action on the road tonight to face a very good and tough Foreman Gators team on their Homecoming to open 7-2A Conference play in Foreman. The Bears are coming off a huge victory defeating Genoa 29-28 and head into Friday's match-up 1-2 overall to finish out the non-conference schedule.
The Bears previous home game victory has sparked the team and they're bringing some much needed momentum to a very tough and challenging place to battle against one of the top teams in the league of Foreman, predicted to finish second behind reigning Class 2A state champion Mt. Ida. The Bears have had to make adjustments but know their battle will be very challenging against a load of athletic players Foreman produces according to Spring Hill football head coach Matt McBride.
Last week, the Bears had one of their most best overall performances on both sides of the ball. McBride was very pleased of the work ethic in practice from his Bears last week going into their game against Genoa.
In last week's battle against Genoa, the Bears were shutout scoring wise, but got inside red zone territory several times throughout the game and fell short to make it into the end zone.
McBride knows it's very important to capitalize on those opportunities and drives inside the 20 yard line and look for his Bears to execute to score against Foreman.
"We're traveling to Foreman for our first conference game. They're really talented in several different players. Their quarterback is fast and probably the best athlete in the conference. Foreman's defensive line is very physical, but we understand that. We're going to challenge and excited about it and just give it all we got," McBride said.
The Gators are off to another good start this season 2-0 overall. The Gators are a scoring team with a productive backfield and linebrackers and a polished athletic quarterback who can make plays. They have experience and players that perform on both sides of the ball. Defensively, Foreman can tackle well and fly to ball aggressively.
McBride feels this game will be tough and knows his Bears must execute effectively. They're showing good signs after their previous performance against Genoa. The Bears have a strong defensive unit and they'll need to be effective tonight against a tough and poised Gators team. Offensively, the Bears have playmakers and McBride believes their confidence will build since winning in a close match-up that went down to the wire last week.
"We played turnover free ball last week and just got to protect the football. If we play good defense, I think we got a chance," McBride said.
The Bears have set a major goal for this season to be postseason bound. McBride strongly believes the Bears can make the playoffs but each game will be key to remain focus and win the games needed in order to finish as one of top five teams in the conference to qualify for postseason action. The Bears didn't have a single turnover last week and McBrides knows eliminating key mistakes for execution will help be successful to win. The Bears road to postseason play begins tonight in Foreman.
Friday's kickoff set for 7 p.m. in Foreman.
7-2A Conference Standings
Mount Ida (3-0 overall)
Foreman (2-0 overall)
Mountain Pine (2-1 overall)
Spring Hill (1-2 overall)
Dierks (0-3 overall)
Mineral Springs (0-3 overall)
Murfreesboro (0-3 overall)
Lafayette County (0-3 overall)
2017 Friday Night Lights 7-2A Conference Week 4 Schedule September 22
SPRING HILL at Foreman
Murfreesboro at Lafayette County
Mt. Ida at Mineral Springs
Mountain Pine at Dierks