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A tough challenge

Published 6:30pm Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Cougars of Central High School – Coosa County have not had it easy this season.
With mounting injuries and new faces at key positions, the season itself has been a work in progress for the Cougars (2-5, 1-4 in region). It will not get any easier when they face perennial Class 3A power and defending region champion Leeds High School (5-2, 4-1 in region), albeit in friendly confines.
The Cougars have historically struggled against the Green Wave of Leeds High School, as CHSCC is 0-3 all-time versus Leeds. Last season, the Cougars were blitzed by the Green Wave 45-7. Cougars football coach Richard Bell said the key to a victory would lie in beating Leeds at its own game: running the ball effectively.
“For us, it’s going to come down to ball control,” Bell said. “We can’t have any turnovers and we can’t get behind the chains. We have to play it close to the vest, and we have to keep them off the field.”
The Green Wave brings two power backs to CHSCC, and with the Cougars having struggled to stop the run, Bell said it  could be problematic if Leeds gets its running game going.
“They have two of the better backs in the state,” Bell said. “The starter goes 225 and the backup goes 217. They run out of a double tight end set and they come downhill, and that’s what they do. Stopping the run has been probably our biggest weakness so they’ll try to exploit it.”
Bell said the team’s spirits are high after beating Montevallo, and they look forward to the challenge that Leeds brings.
“We’re still missing a lot,” Bell said. “But all we can do is try to build our program, better ourselves and worry about the opponent across from us.”