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Undefeated 1A teams battle for bragging rights

By Julie Garcia
Oct. 10, 2013 at 5:10 a.m.


Runge head coach Matthew Wright and his team feel like they have something to prove Friday night.

The Yellowjackets will travel to Woodsboro to take on the Eagles for Woodsboro's homecoming.

Wright, a first-year head coach, was an assistant coach in charge of offense last season when Runge (4-0) closely defeated Woodsboro (5-0) 14-13.

"Tomorrow night is a huge game; it will give us a chance to see how we compete with a really good opponent," Wright said. "I'm really excited to see if we can keep that level that we've had in the early part of the season."

The Class 1A squads are undefeated, and both coaches expect Friday's winner to be the last one holding the ball.

"This year, we hope to score one more point than they do," said Woodsboro head coach Wade Miller.

With no bye week in sight, the Eagles have scored 190 points in their first five games of the season and won most of them by 20 or more points.

Still, Miller said this game is important for the momentum for playoffs.

"We were at the same point last year at this time and then lost two of the next three games," Miller said. "They want to beat those guys; it's very important to my kids. We talk about it all year long."

Traditionally, teams schedule a weaker opponent for their homecoming game, but Miller went a different route.

"We expect a big crowd, so we purposely put (homecoming) against Runge because it will be such a good game," Miller said.

Runge, which has won each of its games this year by 20 or more points as well, is coming off a bye week and had one of their games canceled because of rain. While the coaching staff takes the extra time to reorganize and deal with minor injuries, the kids want to play.

"As far as the kids are concerned, they want to play every week," Wright said. "The kids are antsy to get back on the field."

Though the Yellowjackets were victorious last year, the team still has a "chip on its shoulder," Wright said.

"Word was after last year, the kids this year weren't going to do much - they weren't going to go undefeated or be able to go to playoffs," he said. "It's the first game in district, but it's a pivotal game - it's a key point for us."

With the promotion to head coach and athletic director, Wright now has to be in more meetings and answer more phone calls, but his responsibility is still on the field.

"It ultimately falls on me to have the kids ready," he said. "I'm as anxious as anybody to see how we're going to do tomorrow."

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