If Woodlawn coach Marion Glover had his way, his team would never have a bye week.
As the coach of a Class 2A team that plays an eight-game conference schedule - one more that conferences in higher divisions - open dates can sometimes be common in the state's smallest football-playing division as teams scramble to fill their two weeks not filled with conference games.
And while teams in higher classifications are heavily entrenched in conference battles this week, it's for this reason that the Bears will take a hiatus from 8-2A conference play to match wits with a very solid Carlisle squad at 7 p.m. today at Woodlawn.
"You're either going to have a bye week or you're going to have a football game," Glover
"A bye week can whip you just like a football team.
I can't ever remember having a bye week where my team didn't lose its edge."
But the Bears (4-1, 3-1 8-2A conference) didn't pick just any opponent to fill its second nonconference slot, they picked a Carlisle squad that Glover
called "the most precise team we'll play."
feelings towards the Bison are a direct relation to coach Scott Waymire and his
double-wing offense, a system Glover said he
is very familiar with.
"I could call plays for them, and they could call mine for me.
We know everything there is to know about them, and they know everything there is to know about us," said Glover, who is in his second stint as the head coach at Woodlawn after serving as an assistant to Jimmy "Red" Parker last season.
"They don't change.
They run the double wing with a lot of quick motion, and they're quite good at it."
The Bears will counter with a wishbone offense that Glover
used to win four state titles at Pine Bluff
in the early and mid '90s.
And while Woodlawn
will put four backs in the offensive backfield, Glover
guys up front would be crucial to moving the ball against the Bison.
"Our offensive front is fairly strong, fairly large and for Woodlawn
they're gargantuan," Glover
"They come off the ball well.
At times we can be precise too."
This line will be blocking for a group of backs that Glover
"It helps to have exceptional backs, but you can survive with those that are not as fast and not as quick if they have a tough about them," Glover
"That's the type of backs we have.
We play a number of people in the backfield.
We have a quarterback that is an athlete.
That helps too."
hopes these players help his
team get an advantage in a game that has little meaning to the rest of the season.
"We consider it a very big game," Glover