Gators prepare for 50th homecoming game

By AntZavier Brown – September 21, 2017

The 3-0 Gators will play the Westgate Tigers of New Iberia, Louisiana, for Captain Shreve’s 50th homecoming game on Friday.

The Gators are coming off a 34-8 victory over the Huntington Raiders last week.

Defensive line coach Greg Baswell said the team’s strategy against Huntington was to make them one-dimensional by stopping their running game, starting with number 21 from the Raiders.

“We will always plan to run the ball well and stop the run against other teams,” Baswell said of their gameplan against Westgate.

Senior kicker Will Adcock said their opponent’s special teams cannot compare to the Gators’, not even their kicking game.

“[The Gators’] goal is to score the most points every game, if it comes from touchdowns or field goals,” Adcock said.

Senior offensive lineman Colton Gill said that he and the offensive line have come up with the goal of reaching 600 rushing yards in three games.

“We plan to beat Westgate in our homecoming game to bounce back from a disappointing loss in last year’s homecoming game,” Gill said.

Senior running back James Ivory, III said that keeping priorities straight will mean success for the team.

“Keep God first and everything will fall in line for us in this game and upcoming games,” Ivory said. “Running the ball and not getting away from our gameplan will also lead to more victories.”

Pre-game homecoming festivities will start at 5 p.m. on Friday with the Tailgator, followed by a recognition ceremony for retired staff at 6:30 p.m. The game starts at 7 p.m., and former players and coaches will be recognized at halftime.