VALDOSTA -- The Valwood Valiants are looking to continue their win streak this week all the while obtaining goals of the season. Neither head coach Mike Patrick or any of the kids on the team have gotten to cherish a homecoming victory. They hope this is the year.
"It's a lot different this year. Winning is something new for a lot of us," said senior quarterback Tyler Glennon. "We want to win. When we started winning, people started supporting us and we don't want to let them down."
In the Valiants (5-1) last non-region game of the season, they go up against the Monroe Academy Mustangs. The Mustangs (3-4) are coming off a tough loss to Fellowship Christian 21-12. The Valiants are riding the momentum of the big victory over SGA last week 21-7.
The Mustang offense looks very similar to the Valiants, except for one thing -- the option. Monroe likes to play two quarterbacks throughout the game, one for the option and one for the pass. In doing this it opens up the option for sweep passes, one thing the Valiants defense has to be prepared for.
"Continuing to play solid defense and special teams is the key to our team," said head coach Mike Patrick.
Junior Tyler Woods has been one of the keys to special teams thanks to his on-target long snapping. Woods is also the team's sack leader. On coverage, players like freshman Gus Elliot and senior Scott Baker have stepped up and made plays. Baker made a big play last week on punt coverage that pinned SGA back near its own end zone.
On the other side of the ball, Glennon gets some help with the return of tailback Robert Hires and tight end Ben Perry. Hires returned to action last week and was a big part in the Valiant offense. Perry will be coming in at tight end and defensive end for Woods and Russel Murray.
"Hires gives us a dimension we haven't had this season, everyone knows we can pass, now they have to respect the run" said Patrick.
Glennon is also excited about the return of Mires. "Having him back now people won't know what to expect."
Glennon has been the leader of the offense this season with his arm and his legs, but he is quick to thank the guys in front of him. Linemen like Kyle Hall, John Rutowski, Phillip Allen, Trey Sands and Skyler Crosby have been pressuring opposing quarterbacks while protecting their own all season.
"This is the best offensive line in a while. They give me time to make plays," Glennon said.
Last year, the Valiants lost a tough game to the Mustangs 14-0. This year they have had one common opponent with similar results. Valwood defeated Randolph Southern 40-12 in its first game. Monroe defeated Randolph 35-15 in their third game.
With their best start in years, the Valiants have stayed focused on their goals while having fun. A lot of fans have gotten behind the 27 man roster from Valwood, and it hasn't gone unnoticed or unappreciated. After the soccer team won at the beginning of the week, Patrick would like to end the week with a victory.
The game is at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Valwood Stadium.
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