June 10, 2008
Albany -- The AF2 adopted a new schedule this year, with teams playing division opponents three times a season.
That's not bad when it's Daytona.
It's an entirely different story when its three games against Florida.
The Wildcats have already played the Firecats twice this season, with Florida winning both games.
The Firecats have an 8-2 record and with the leagues top-ranked defense, but South Georgia head coach Derek Stingley says three games against Florida is no big deal.
"I don't mind," says Stingley. "It's less travel on both teams. There's not a whole lot of game planning. You can probably switch a few things up, just to give them different looks, but its good, especially for the travel."
Even with three games against the Firecats this season, coach Stingley isn't ready to call the game a rivalry.
South Georgia won all three meeting between the teams last season, including the playoff match-up.
The Firecats have gotten the better of the series in two games so far this year.
Even though they're two of the better teams in the league, and play in the same division, Stingley says he's not ready to throw around the "R" word just yet.
"We got some victories on them last year, and maybe that's where it all started, but I talked to their coach a lot about it, and say, 'When did this become a rivalry?' says Stingley. "He laughs at it, just as well as I do."
The Wildcats head into the showdown of the 56-point win over Daytona, and quarterback Andrico Hines says that should help against Florida.
"It's always good to come in off a win," says Hines. "It helps the next week of practice, but we just have to stay focused, and work hard, and hopefully we can have the same results."
The Wildcats and Firecats kick off Saturday at 7:30 p.m.