Scottsboro coach Don Jacobs has preached a simple message to his team throughout preseason practice and the early part of the season.
“Just do your job,” he said of his players, “and trust the guy next to you to do his job.”
Scottsboro practiced what Jacobs preached for the most part in last week’s 41-27 Class 5A Region 8 win. The Wildcats dominated the game and led 41-6 midway through the third quarter before the starters left the game. Ardmore put up three scores against Scottsboro reserves, but the Wildcat starters returned to the field and quashed the comeback.
That blip on the radar aside, Jacobs was pleased with the team’s overall performance.
“We came and did what we were supposed to,” Jacobs said. “We executed, and we saw what happens when we do that.”
Scottsboro (1-1, 1-0) tries to heed that message again this week when the Wildcats host rival Guntersville in another region matchup. The game is the 2019 season home opener for Scottsboro and it kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. at Trammell Stadium.
It’s the 86th meeting between the schools. Guntersville leads the series 45-40-1, a series that is Scottsboro’s most frequently played despite an eight-year hiatus from 2008-2015. Guntersville has won the last two meetings.
Like Scottsboro, Guntersville (2-0, 1-0) is looking to hold onto a share of the region lead. Guntersville won a shootout in its region opener a week ago, defeating Madison County 49-42.
Senior quarterback Zak Burnett, a transfer from Huntsville, set a GHS school record with 362 passing yards in the victory. He completed 22 of 34 pass attempts and two touchdown passes. For the season, Burnett is 37-of-54 passing for 632 yards and four touchdowns and has rushed for 48 yards on seven carries.
His top receiving targets are Cooper Davidson (18 catches, 227 yards), Jack Harris (10 catches, 202 yards, three touchdowns), Campbell Leach (six catches, 74 yards, one touchdown) and Brandon Fussell (three catches, 36 yards).
Running backs Logan Pate (144 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries and Jerrell Williamson (128 yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries) carry the rushing load for Guntersville.
“They’re balanced, about 54 percent run, 46 (percent) pass,” Jacobs said. “They’ve got two really good running backs, both around 185 or 190 (pounds), got a good quarterback and four good wideouts. They’ve got size up front, got a 330(-pounder), one that’s 295. A typical Guntersville type team.”