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Screven faces Laney
Wildcats open new stadium
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   The Screven County Gamecocks have had two weeks to prepare for Laney. Instead, they spent one of those weeks going back to basics.
    “We probably spent more time working on the Gamecocks than we did Laney,” said SCHS head coach Pat Collins.
    After a loss to Jefferson County on Sept. 29, Screven spent the next week working on protecting the football, tackling and blocking.
    “When we went backed and looked at (the Jefferson game), it’s not not we were outschemed,” said Collins. “We just failed to do the little things, and that’s where you win ballgames.”
    The loss to JCHS dropped the Gamecocks to 3-2 and 1-1 in region 3-AA, making tonight’s game all that more important.
    “This is a very important game for us,” said Collins. “Laney is an explosive football team and if we play the way were capable of playing, it’ll be a fine contest.”
    Laney (3-2, 1-1) will also open the brand new $11.9  million Laney Stadium, a 9000 seat facility with a fieldhouse, concession stands and press boxes on both sides. It’s also homecoming and a capacity crowd is expected.
    As for the Wildcats, Collins said Laney will run out of the Wing-T, but will also switch to the shotgun and run the spread at times. Collins described the Wildcat’s defensive play as, “good, hard nose defensive football”.
    Collins also said the Gamecocks are as healthy as they’ve been all season.
    The Wildcats have also had a week of rest after losing to Swainsboro 6-0 on Sept. 29. Their region win came over Metter, 40-7.
    Laney Stadium will also host the Savannah State — Morehouse College game on Saturday.

    Chad Bishop can be reached at (912)-489-9404.