Marianna prepares for trip to Walton Friday
Marianna coach John Donaldson is working this week to get his team set for a road game against Walton Friday.
The Bulldogs with three wins in four games this season, including last Friday's 29-20 victory over the Rutherford Rams.
That a back and forth affair that had it's share of turnovers and big plays, including our play of the week, which you'll see at 6 o'clock.
For now, it's coach Donaldson talking about his team and he's excited about how his guys are playing thus far.
"Yeah we are." coach Donaldson told me Tuesday afternoon. "We've played well at times, and other times we make some stupid mistakes, but that can be expected early. Again we're excited. Going into Friday night we were doing a pretty good job of ball security and then we put a few on the ground Friday, which is not what we have to do to win. And defensively, earlier on we were getting lined up and tackling well. We've just got to keep doing those things that we know we have to do."
As for the win over the Rams, that a 4A region 1 victory. Back in the days of smaller districts, the Bulldogs would be celebrating a bit more, knowing they were a big step closer to a potential state playoff berth. But in this day of 11 team regions, well nobody really knows how that win over the Rams will help that playoff push for Marianna. Not even their head coach.
"No one can figure it out, and the hardest part Scott, there's nothing really to rally around." coach Donaldson says. "We can't win a championship unless I win the state championship. There's no district to play for and that kind of thing. So it's kind of difficult and of course nobody has the time to sit down with a paper and pencil to try to figure that out."
As for now, the Bulldogs are focused on this week's game at Walton, knowing the Braves, who come in 2-2, will give them a very good test.
"They're probably the biggest team we've played so far." the coach says. "I mean they're really big up front on both sides of the football. And of course you go there, and it's a great place to go. Those guys are always gonna play hard. And you know they're gonna be coached up and fired up. They're a good team and we think it's gonna be a hard fought game."
That game at 7 and it's one of several we'll feature on Friday Night Overtime.