Valdosta may be cooling down for winter, but the Blazer football team looks to continue their hot streak.
After a 37-6 win in Rome, Ga last Thursday versus Shorter, the Blazers (7-2, 4-1 GSC) set their sights on the Javelinas of Texas A&M- Kingsville.
Javelinas are also known as peccaries or “skunk-pigs” and are related to hippopotamuses.
The Blazers are on a five game winning streak and are averaging 44 points per game during the streak.
In regards to the high scoring Blazers, Head coach David Dean hopes the team will not let up this week.
“It’s going to be a great challenge,” Dean said. “They’re very good defensively. Their defensive front and linebackers is as good as any unit we will face this year.”
Dean wants to focus on not committing costly turnovers that will give the Javelinas any momentum.
Led by reigning Lone Star Conference Linebacker of the Year Jeremy Aguilar, Kingsville’s defense is on a three game winning streak.
Earlier in the year, they upset #9 ranked Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Tx.
“There is really no weakness in their whole unit,” Dean said. “They played North Alabama outstanding. An interception returned for a touchdown was the difference in their 21-16 loss, so they are a good team.”
This will be the Blazers second straight Thursday night game and the team is excited for another mid-week game.
“Their excited,” Dean said. “Anytime you have a chance to change up the schedule, sometimes it can be a distraction, but with us doing it last week I think it is going help us out.”
The Blazers final game will also be a bittersweet one as they say goodbye to the teams 15 seniors in their final home game.
“It’s tough,” Dean said. “When you recruit these players and time flies, it makes it so hard to say goodbye these guys and you just don’t want it to end. That is why I hope we play hard and not let our season end, because I’m not ready to say goodbye to all these seniors.”
Coach is not ready to speak about the playoffs considering nothing is set in stone even at this point in the season.
“We don’t know where we are going to be,” Dean said. It doesn’t matter whether we win on Thursday or not but that is our main focus this week.”
The Blazer will host Texas A&M-Kingsville at Baezmore-Hyder Stadium at 7:30 pm.