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Coosa on verge of .500 record Friday

Published 9:43am Thursday, October 4, 2012

The last time Central-Coosa High School football finished the season with a .500 record was 2007.
With a win at Tarrant High School this Friday night, the Cougars can get themselves back to that mark.
“The guys are really excited about the opportunity to get this thing going in the right direction,” Central head coach Richard Bell said.
“The confidence is really starting to come around.”
Tarrant is one of the most athletic teams that the Cougars (2-3) will face in the 2012 season.
The Wildcats (1-4) and Central share one common opponent in Thorsby High School, whom they both defeated in the first stretch of Region play.
“Practice has been really good this week and the kids believe they can win games,” said Bell, whose team defeated South Lamar High School on the road last week, 39-10.
“Our coaches have worked hard and the players see that and know what they need to do to be successful.”
Central-Coosa poses one of the best passing attacks in the local area in 2012, with quarterback Xavier Moon sitting at third in the area in passing with 745 yards in the air.
Moon continually looks to classmates Javaris Whetstone and Justin Fuller, who have combined to accumulate  531 of those receiving yards.
“Xavier has turned into our leader,” Bell said of his senior quarterback, who has been a basketball star for the Cougars the past two seasons in Hanover.
“It has gotten to the point where his teammates see him working hard and pushing himself to be the best he can be and they want to do that with him.
“As a coach, when you have a player that listens to you and illustrates the ideas to his teammates, it makes a huge difference. His teammates and offensive lineman want to play hard for him.”
A win over Tarrant High School could potentially give Central the opportunity to play for a winning record on homecoming next week when they host Montevallo.
“We know that we have to take small steps in our program over here to get it to where we want it,” Bell added.
“But, having the opportunity to be at .500 this week and then maybe having a winning record after homecoming week would be a great confidence booster for the kids, coaches and whole program.”
Central and Tarrant will kick off at 7 p.m. tomorrow night at Tarrant High School in Birmingham.