Colbert Heights soccer trainer Taylor Leathers listened to what considered one of his assistants advised him at the telephone after Monday evening’s critical climate and idea “You gotta be kidding.”
However a part of the sphere area roof had blown off and landed at the recreation box, and rain that poured into the opening left in the back of brought about vital flood harm.
It has created further paintings this week because the workforce successfully relocates to its weight room, however this night all that may subject is the Wildcats host Saks in a Magnificence 3A playoff recreation at 7 p.m.
“You search for the light within the clouds,” Leathers mentioned. “My No. 1 pleasure this yr as a trainer has been what those gamers have completed.”
Colbert Heights misplaced an influential 18-member senior magnificence after final season’s shuttle to the quarterfinals, and the Wildcats’ reputedly modest playoff hopes gave the impression even decrease after they began this season 0-3.
However Colbert Heights (6-4) has taken good thing about a couple of weeks’ revel in and a more easy portion of the agenda to win 6 of its final 7 video games, with the loss via one level to Decatur Heritage.
The Wildcats completed 5-1 in area play with the one loss coming to a Westminster Christian workforce that’s ranked No. 7 within the state.
“I truly challenged our workforce early within the yr to play with a chip in our shoulder in each contest,” Leathers mentioned, reminding gamers that some folks assumed there wasn’t sufficient skill for the workforce go back to the playoffs. “Me as a trainer, I unquestionably promote that to our gamers.
“I believe like we’ve performed this season with one thing to turn out.”
Regardless of website hosting the 0.33 seed from Magnificence 3A, Area 6, Colbert Heights is the underdog. Saks (8-1) spent a lot of the season ranked No. 1 within the Magnificence 3A state ballot and remains to be ranked No. Four within the state.
Saks quarterback Roilan Torres tore his ACL towards Piedmont, however Leathers mentioned alternative Daveon Dukes would possibly run the ball simply as smartly. He mentioned Saks’ two working backs, considered one of which is senior Johnathon Cobb, are “most definitely the most productive backs I’ve noticed in a truly very long time.”
Buoyed via sturdy offensive and defensive strains, Saks rankings just about 39 issues in step with recreation and permits a median of slightly below 14.
“They’re the most productive Three seed within the state in 3A soccer, certainly,” Leathers mentioned.
Leathers mentioned his workforce must take care of ownership smartly to stay Saks’ offense off the sphere, and Colbert Heights can even have to complete tackles.
Sophomore quarterback/defensive again Carson Shaw is not at all the one younger participant in a large spot. Leathers has two novices at the offensive line, some other within the slot, one at out of doors linebacker and some other at defensive take on.
“I sought after to ascertain a aggressive postseason workforce,” the third-year trainer Leathers mentioned. “They’ve earned the precise to be right here.”
Repairing the sphere area will take numerous time and price some huge cash, and in quite a lot of prior years at Colbert Heights that will were the principle job this overdue within the fall.
However fortunately for Leathers and the Wildcats, Colbert Heights has a playoff recreation this week. Higher but, it is “at the mountain” the place they find it irresistible.
“That brings me nice pleasure,” Leathers mentioned.