Cardinals take region road to Whitmire

Published 8:15 pm Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Landrum football team has had a dramatic season. The Cardinals took their show on the road and beat Traveler’s Rest in week one.
In week two, quarterback Brandon Cannon ran in a touchdown as the final buzzer sounded for their second win. In week three, the Cardinals beat border rival Polk County for the first time in eight years. In week four, they dominated Dixie on the road. And last week, the Cardinals lost an emotional game to future 2A rival Liberty and were in it until the last second.
This week, however, the road becomes a little more important. The Cardinals are shifting their focus to the region and are looking for their first region championship since 2005. That road begins at Whitmire this Friday night at 7:30.
“They are very ready (to compete in the region),” head coach Russell Mahaffey said. “After the tough loss to Liberty, I think we are more focused than ever.”
The Cardinals have used a wide open spread attack this season and ran it well. The Cardinals are off to their fastest start since 2004 when they started 4-0.
The Wolverines are winless this season, but run the Wing T, Spread and Pro I offenses so the Cardinals “have a lot to prepare for this week,” Mahaffey said.
Mahaffey’s message to his team this week has been simple and to the point.
“There is a great deal at stake every week – the playoff situation and the chance to play for another region title,” Mahaffey said. “We have to focus every week because our region is good.”

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