Healthy ‘Cats drive for fivePublished 11:33am Thursday, November 7, 2013
Edgewood Academy coach Bobby Carr couldn’t wait until the playoffs.
It wasn’t because he’s thinking of leading his team to a fourth straight Alabama Independent School Association Class AA title.
It’s because, finally, 11 weeks into the season he has a healthy football team.
For the last 11 weeks, Carr has had a starter out or hampered with some type of injury.
Now, his undefeated Wildcats are healthy and ready for another playoff run, which will again, just like last season, start with a matchup with the South Choctaw Rebels.
“We’ve weathered the storm and got everyone healthy and will be good to go starting this Friday,” Carr said.
One of the more notable returnees to the lineup is senior quarterback Taylor Hawthorne, who has been out almost a month with a knee injury sustained at Autauga Academy.
Hawthorne returned to the lineup last week in Edgewood’s season finale with Lyman Ward Military Academy.
Sporting a little rust and a new knee brace, Hawthorne still threw for more than 200 yards and four touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 57-0 victory.
“We knew he would be a little rusty (Friday night), but he got that first lick and got that behind him,” Carr added. “He’s gotten more reps in and looked good at practice. He’ll just continue to get better and better.”
That may be a dangerous statement for South Choctaw, which is coming into the opening round playoff game with a 4-6 record.
The Rebels are coming in winners of two of their last three games, including last week’s 40-15 victory over Sumter Academy.
Tommy Roberts, head coach of the Rebels, said his team has a “gigantic test Friday night.”
“We’ve got to stay on the field in order to keep it close,” Roberts said. “Obviously, we’ll have to pay beyond our best game of the year to stay within a touchdown with (Edgewood). But we’re going to lay it on the line and see what happens at the end of the game.”
The 4-6 beside South Choctaw’s name doesn’t mean anything to Carr. Records don’t matter at this point in the season.
“Yea, we are riding a 42-game winning streak and they are 4-6, but that doesn’t matter now. It’s the playoffs and everyone is 0-0,” Carr said.
Sports editor Cory Diaz contributed to this report.