VALDOSTA -- There's no one to get ready for this week, but Valdosta High was still hard at work Tuesday afternoon on the practice field.
Valdosta High is in its final off-week of the season. The Wildcat players will do whatever they want to do on Friday night, but they won't be doing it in a black-and-gold uniform.
Valdosta's next game is Oct. 11, when the Wildcats host Madison County at Cleveland Field.
Valdosta jumped up to No. 14 in this week's Student Sports national poll. The Wildcats again remained No. 2 in the state.
It appears this may be a good time for the Wildcats to be off, with all the injuries the team is battling. Six starters have been injured so far this year.
"I'm real glad this is our off-week," Valdosta head coach Mike O'Brien said. "With all the injuries we have, it's good to have time to rest and let our injuries heal. We're banged up."
Leading rusher Corey James will not practice this week, after suffering an unspecified injury in last Friday's game. There's no word yet if James will miss any games, or for how long he'll be out.
Defensive tackle John Dennis Wetherington sat out practice Tuesday with an infection, but will be back at practice today. Safety Eric Williams was also injured Friday, but is not expected to miss any time.
The Wildcats were off Monday, which is typical for an off week. Tuesday, the team returned to the field, and were back at work.
O'Brien said this week will be predominantly about Valdosta. The coaches may look at Madison County some, but right now their concern is themselves.
"We'll take this time to look at some things, and try to do some things that will make us a better football team," O'Brien said.
O'Brien said he was pleased with his team's play last Friday, in a 35-6 victory over Ware County.
"I thought we played well," the coach said. "I thought the defense did real well. The special teams was solid.
"I was impressed with the way the offense had those (second-half) drives. We were able to drive 80 yards, then come back and drive (92) yards, then they fumbled and we scored again. And there were some long-yardage situations in there."
The first-team offense scored on all three of its second-half possessions, after not scoring in the first half. The defense had five sacks and two interceptions.
The Wildcats hope their next off-week is Christmas week. That's the week after the state championship game.
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