SEBRING – The Sebring football team is hoping for the best after a difficult week. The Blue Streaks were scheduled to play Lehigh in Fort Myers on Tuesday night but the game was canceled for the second time in three weeks due to lightning.
Sebring also had a practice canceled because of the Florida weather.
“We had the game against Lehigh scheduled but it got rained out on Tuesday night,” said Sebring head coach LaVaar Scott. “The other day we got 25 minutes into practice and had to take shelter because of lightning. It has been a very difficult week for us. I told the kids that we are having a cram session so we will see how they respond. We have to go out and play fast and physical. We will be fine if we do that.”
The Blue Streaks are looking forward to tonight’s Class 6A-District 8 game against the Lake Region Thunder.
Lake Region is playing for a new coach. First-year Thunder coach Gee Roe will be leading his team into Firemen’s Memorial Field against the Blue Streaks.
“Coach Gee Roe is doing a great job at Lake Region,” said Scott. “You can see that they have been in some games and been more competitive than they have been the last couple of years. They have some guys that have been heavily recruited. It will definitely be a task for us. It is is a district game so it has a lot of weight to it for us.”
Lake Region runs a 3-4 defense, consisting of three down linemen and four linebackers.
“We have to run and pass,” Coach Scott said. “We’ve got to run when they give us a box to run in and we have to pass when they give us a look that we like in the pass game. We have to make sure that we are on top of our offensive game.”
The Blue Streaks have a record of 1-1, while Lake Region comes in at 0-3 on the season.
Sebring, which lost to Hardee in double-overtime in its first game of the season, bounced back last week in a big way by drilling Bartow by a score of 60-8.
“We came out fast against Bartow and we want to do the same thing against Lake Region,” Scott said. “We slacked off last week after that and I want to see us focus and play hard for four quarters.
This is a big game and we want to win this and start our district schedule the right way.”
Sebring has respect for the Thunder, but if the Blue Streaks execute and cut down on the mistakes and penalties, a district win is there for the taking in tonight’s clash.
“Lake Region hasn’t won a game but they have good players,” Scott said. “Anyone can beat you. We have to make sure to win our individual battles. Sometimes there are teams with some bigger players that have some Division I offers. We have to take care of everyone, not just that individual player.”
Scott hopes a big crowd turns out for tonight’s game which has a 7:30 kick off at Firemen’s Field.
“This is an important game and we hope to give the fans something to cheer about,” the Blue Streak coach said.