After wild win vs. SGA, Westwood plays home opener tonight

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

CAMILLA -- No one can ever say Westwood Academy dodges opponents. Ross Worsham's team is taking on one big GISA team after another in hopes of being tested for the upcoming Region 2-A race.

The Wildcats traveled to Damascus last week and upset Class AA Southwest Georgia Academy, 19-18, when they drove to the SGA 10-yard line, where Jake Edore kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:20 left in the game to win it.

Edore, also a safety and punter, had a huge opening night, gaining 112 yards rushing and kicking two field goals. He kicked a 35-yarder earlier in the game.

Now Westwood takes on Tiftarea Academy, which moved up to AAA this year, tonight in its home opener.

"They've got 17 seniors and we've got three,'' Worsham said." Looking at it on paper, it doesn't look that good. But if we play capable football we think we can play with them. Our kids are excited, and the way we played last week helps them believe they can win.''

The Wildcats played last Thursday, but it still felt like a short week of practice this week.

"Playing the first game on a Thursday isn't a big difference,'' Worsham said. "But doing it the second week, Monday's practice turns into Tuesday's and Wednesday's into Thursday's. It doesn't sound like much, but it does make a big difference.''

The biggest difference is playing big schools with good programs.

"It's another large school for us to play,'' he said.

"We get Tiftarea and then (AAA) Sherwood and then Flint. You want to play tough folks, but you don't want to be 0-4 and beat up.''

Worsham was impressed with his team last week. Edore led the way, but John Vereen also had a big night, catching two touchdown passes, and Worsham's son, Mason Worsham, played tough all night and threw two TD passes.

"Mason was kind of beat up (shoulder strain), but he played well and he's feeling better every day,'' the coach said. "Our offensive line played well, and the defense swarmed to the ball.

"Winning that game should help give us confidence.''