Cardinals go head-to-head with defending state champs

Published 9:02 am Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Landrum defense gets after Calhoun County quarterback Terrence Whitmore last week in the first round of the 1A state playoffs. Landrum will travel to Abbeville to play in the second round on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. (photo by Joey Millwood)

Landrum Head Coach Russell Mahaffey was walking around the practice field with a smile on his face. The likeable coach was coaching up his defense as they ran drills against Tucker Hamrick’s offense. Mahaffey and the Cardinals felt a little better this week at practice.
Landrum dismantled Calhoun County in what some would call an upset. Anyone that has watched the Cardinals this season, however, wouldn’t look at it that way.
With the exception of the Christ Church game, Landrum has looked like a team on a mission. That mission is to reach the 1A state championship game. After dominating the Saints last week, the Cardinals shifted their focus to Abbeville.
At practice on Tuesday night, there was no fear in any of the Landrum players’ eyes. There was a quiet focus among the players and coaches.
The Cardinals will be on the road against the No. 1 1A team in the state, but there was a quiet swagger in this practice.
The roadblock that stands in the Cardinals’ way this Friday night is the defending state champion. Abbeville is led by tailback Ashton Heard and quarterback Kelly Bryant.
Friday will be a tough contest for the Cardinals.
The second round playoff game kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

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