Knott and Palacios

Charlie Knott (5) and Tristen Palacios track down a loose ball against Crossville. Photos by Leasha Stracener Davis.

 

The Guntersville Wildcats are on a bit of a skid as of late losing their four games, which isn’t something the program is used to.

Guntersville head coach Zach Ross said a combination of injuries and poor execution has led the slump, but he has all the confidence that the team will right the ship.

Last weekend, the Wildcats played several games in Auburn against Montgomery Catholic, Dothan and Smith Station. The Wildcats lost those game 3-0, 2-1 and 3-1 respectively. Then, on Tuesday, Guntersville dropped a game to area foe Crossville 5-1.

An important piece has not been on field for Guntersville in these last few games – Ismael Hernandez. Arguably Guntersville’s best player, Hernandez has been sidelined with a hamstring injury but was expected back to nearly full strength against Cherokee County Thursday night.

“Not having your best player on the field when the rest of the team is so young to begin with is tough,” Ross said. “But that’s not the entire reason for this slump. We’re just not playing the best we can play and that goes back to us as coaches making sure they’re prepared. This is a resilient group and I’m confident in their ability to get things back on track.”

The Wildcats started out hot going 8-1-0 in their first nine games. They are now 9-4-2 with several big are games coming up.

“Against Crossville, we were tied with them 0-0 going into the half,” Ross said. “Ryan McCartney had a beautiful strike in the first few minutes of the second half that just missed. I really think had he made that it would’ve been a different game. Crossville scored a few minutes later and the air just went out of the balloon for us. Crossville is a great team and has been quite a rivalry for us the last few years.”

Crossville, Boaz and Guntersville all have one loss in the area. The next few weeks will start shaping out how the post season will look for the three teams.

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