Cottrell misses game due to illness

Cottrell misses game due to illness

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Cottrell misses game due to illness

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Ronnie Cottrell wasn’t on the Godby High football sideline Thursday night due to illness.

Yet, the Cougars coach really wasn’t far from the action, thanks to text messages, telephone calls and a live internet feed from Cox Stadium.

Cottrell obviously liked what he saw and heard as top-ranked Godby throttled Wakulla 53-12 in the District 2-5A opener for both teams.

“I had great confidence in our team and staff,” Cottrell said.

“They played with so much intensity, and it seems we are getting better at the right time. They were really prepared for the game.”

Cottrell, whose illness is not heart-related – he suffered a heart attack two years ago – expects to return to the sideline next week.

Veteran offensive line coach Cleon McFarlane directed the Cougars in Cottrell’s absence.

McFarlane credited the staff and players for their focus after they learned on Wednesday that Cottrell was ill.

“Our staff is made up of a lot of veterans and they don’t get frazzled,” McFarlane said.

“It was tough at first to tell our kids (Wednesday) but we eased their mind and they were relieved. We really had a focused week of practice.”

Cottrell talked to McFarlane and quarterback J.T. Bradwell at halftime of Thursday’s game. The Cougars made easy work of the War Eagles to take control of the three-team district.

“He sounded good and just let me know we were playing well,” Bradwell said.

McFarlane also said Cottrell’s coaching style helped in the team’s preparation.

“He’s definitely not a micro-manager – he coaches the coaches on Sundays and sends us out to do our duties, and this week was no different,” McFarlane said.

“We are loyal foot soldiers.”

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