“Flashy” might be the last word used to describe the Reeds Spring football team.
The Wolves haven’t beaten Bolivar in 12 years, but hope for a different outcome Friday night.
“We’re all excited, we can’t wait,” senior quarterback Nick Haddock said. Despite the words he chose, Haddock revealed little actual excitement, or emotion, during an interview with the News-Leader.
To say the Wolves have a stiff, all-business approach to postgame interviews would put it mildly. They don’t whoop and holler much after a win, and that’s okay with coach Lance Gosch. He said it’s fun to coach a group of players who care so much about being accountable to each other and always have their eyes on playing well in the next game.
“It’s about us and it’s not about who we’re playing,” Gosch said. “It’s just kind of who we are. These kids have done a great job buying into what we’re about.”
Reeds Spring goes about the business of running the triple option and attacking on defense with the methodical approach you would hope to get from the people figuring your income taxes.
Being undefeated going into Bolivar with a chance to win the conference brought a slight crack to the otherwise straight face of senior defensive tackle Adam Hale.
“It’s the greatest thing in the world,” Hale said through a half smile.
The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Hale has a better beard on his face than some of his coaches could grow. He’s a tough customer on a mission to do something Bolivar has stopped Reeds Spring from doing for 12 years in a row: win the COC Small.
“We want a legacy,” Hale said.
The Wolves haven’t had a losing season since 2011, but they are 0-10 over the last decade in games against Bolivar.
“I think this year is going to be the year we take them. Definitely, we’ve got the best guys, the best program this school has seen. We definitely have a chance,” Hale said.
It’s that optimism mixed with a no-nonsense approach that makes Gosch hopeful for Friday’s trip to Polk County.
“We’ve had some success, but we’ve never got the big one, so hopefully this year we can go up there and play well,” Gosch said.
The Springfield News-Leader Game of the Week helps showcase one high school football game per week through the regular season. The Game of the Week is selected by the News-Leader staff based on an array of criteria including quality of play, rivalry, conference significance and playoff implications.
News-Leader Game of the Week
Reeds Spring (7-1) at Bolivar (8-0)
Friday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.
Plaster Stadium, Southwest Baptist University
1396 South Pike Avenue, Bolivar