A test of will begins Wednesday for the McIntosh County Academy football team.
McIntosh (4-1, 1-0) travels to face sub-region foe Portal (0-5, 0-1) to start a stretch of 11 days and three games for the Buccaneers.
The top teams from sub- regions 3A and 3B will flip a coin in lieu of a game to decide the region champion and the region’s No. 1 seed in the state playoffs.
How did the team respond to the news? According to head coach Robby Robinson, his players said ‘Bring it on.’
“We just feel like the team that handles these next three weeks the best is going to win (the sub-region),” Robinson said. “As far as the focus and mental prep and spiritual prep, the team that can do that the best is going to be the region champ.”
McIntosh has yet to play a game this month. The last time the Bucs took the field was Sept. 29, a 31-12 win over Savannah Christian.
Robinson said his team might be slightly rusty, even a bit anxious about the looming contest, but most of all the team has been, frankly, bored.
“We ought to be rested,” Robinson said. “Storm aside, we’re thankful for everyone’s safe, but we’re bored.”
The easiest technique to avoid atrophy after the Buccaneers’ three weeks without a game are the fundamentals, according to their head coach. Portal is a struggling team this season, still searching for its first win. Robinson and his squad are keeping the game plan simple this week — the primary objective is to stay healthy and just get back to playing football at full game speed.
Robinson also added, with three weeks of no games, it’s almost like starting a season over again. He and the Buccaneers aren’t looking past their sub-region rival.
“You never know what you’re going to see,” Robinson said. “They could have used this time to install a brand new offense to catch us off guard. You just don’t know, there’s an unknown factor with the time off.”
Kickoff at Portal is set for 6:30 p.m.