October 10, 2006
Valdosta -- The undefeated Valdosta State Blazers will be looking for respect when they travel to face Delta State Thursday night.
Head coach Chris Hatcher says, "The regional rankings came out, and we were ranked fifth. Of course all that will work itself out in the long run when all is said and done.
"As far as our team goes, you have to play for a little something, and we're trying to play for a little respect from the regional pollsters," Hatcher added with a smile.
Junior running back Michael Terry says, "We're not respected that much. We're ranked #5 in the region, and we think a lot of people don't think we're really that good."
The Blazers offense is ranked number one in the conference at almost 40 points per game.
The Statesman defense is allowing barely more than a touchdown a contest.
VSU found the endzone on offense, defense, and special teams in last week's win, and coach Hatcher says his team will need that type of effort again this week.
"It's nice to know you can score in all three phases of the game," says Hatcher. "Definitely if there's any intangibles going into the game, maybe you put a check mark beside our name when it comes to that."
The Blazers are trying to prepare with a short week of practice.
"We're practicing hard, and focusing on trying to win this game," says Terry.
Hatcher says, "You have to grind it in the beginning of the week, but on the flip-side you get a long weekend after the ball game to relax a little bit. It's a lot more fun relaxing after a win that the alternative."
Valdosta State has won the last two games with Delta State by a total of four points.
Kick-off Thursday night is 8pm eastern.