Last updateSat, 31 Jan 2015 4pm

Football Cats open at home this Friday

Head Coach Jim Wolfe got his first real look at the 2014 Cuba Wildcats football team in last Friday night’s jamboree at Hermann, and he liked what he saw. The scrimmage was full contact but only gave a brief glimpse of what the offenses and defenses can do, as the defenses matched up against opposing offenses for only a series of plays. There were three other schools at the jamboree, in addition to Cuba High: Hermann, Montgomery County, and Clopton.

“We got to see a little bit of everything,” said Coach Wolfe. “The three teams we matched up against all ran a different offense. It was a good learning experience. All three linebackers played really well, and we have a pretty good linebacking group overall. The D line looked good and our secondary, too. Depth will be our only problem on the defensive side of the ball. We can’t really afford to lose guys.”

The trip to Hermann was also an opportunity for the Wildcats to show off their new one-back offensive scheme. The Cats were able to score effectively and moved the ball both on the ground and through the air.

“We threw the ball with some success and I think that gave Nick (Lemons) some confidence. We had multiple guys running the ball well,” said Coach Wolfe. “All told, I think we probably had close to 300 yards of offense on 36 snaps. All in all, it was a good night for us and we got to get a good look at what we have. We figured out some of the guys who may be able to help us out on Friday nights, but unfortunately, we did pick up a couple of injuries—nothing too serious, though.”

Wolfe gave his starting quarterback Nick Lemons high marks in the time he was in the game. “Every play, he’s out there having fun, just having a good time playing football,” he said. “Nick played really well. A lot of guys did. I think we’re in good shape. There’s no doubt that we’re light years better going into this season than we have been in past years. Now, we have to go out and prove it on Friday nights, but I’m very happy with this team. Morale is always high with this group. They just come to practice and work hard every day. Our kids are a lot better this year because they’ve worked so hard in the weight room and in practice.”

The team gets its real first taste of gridiron action on Friday night, as the Wildcats host the St. James Tigers at the Field of Pride. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

The Tigers are always a tough matchup for the Cats, and have managed to steal a game or two in what has become a longstanding rivalry that is regularly scheduled as the first game of the season for both teams. Wolfe said he wasn’t sure what to expect from St. James this year, noting they were “kind of a mystery right now, but they always play well against us.”

According to Wolfe, the atmosphere surrounding his team—they players and coaching staff—is very positive: “I think we’ve got a mix of great workers and some talent that will hopefully produce big things. I know the kids we have right now are as prepped and ready to play as they can get.”