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‘Cats looking for self-assessment in Champions Challenge

Published 10:19am Monday, August 19, 2013

The Benjamin Russell Wildcats, like most of the teams in the area, have struggled to get practice work in thanks to the weather.
But with the Champions Challenge only days away, the Wildcats are doing what they can to ensure that they are prepared to face Walker (Jasper) High School.
“The rain has been a mess,” said BRHS head football coach Danny Horn. “It’s made it hard to get a practice in or play a game.”
Nevertheless, the team is in good spirits as the showcase game looms.
Horn said the team has been itching for some new competition.
“The kids are excited,” he said. “I think this game is one that they have been looking forward to. As I’ve said before, they get tired of practicing against each other, and they want to practice against somebody else.”
The team’s selection to the Champions Challenge has allowed for Horn to reflect on the progress the Wildcats have made in recent years.
With the team ranked as the preseason No. 4 team in Class 5A, Horn said if not for a school-wide effort, this wouldn’t have been possible.
“I don’t think if we finished 1-9 last year that we would be here,” he said. “It’s a compliment to our kids and the coaching staff. I’ve got some great assistants, and the administration has been wonderful. We’ve made great strides, and the kids have bought in to what we want them to do, and they’ve done a good job with that.”
Horn said that the goals for the Champions Challenge focus more on self-improvement and a proper assessment of the team that will open the season at Opelika.
However, Horn said that victory is also an objective for the Wildcats.
“I’m looking at this thing as kind of like a practice,” Horn said. “Yes, they are keeping score and yes, we want to win, but the main thing is getting out there and competing. We want to get a good look at some of the players and see what we can do. We want to play against someone else, see the mistakes we make and correct them before our first game against Opelika.”
The Wildcats’ game against Walker will be Friday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. The game will be at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.