Darlington, Grider speak on Friday’s rivalry matchup


DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — Just a day away from kickoff, Enterprise and Dothan have their final walkthrough before taking on each other.

This rivalry game gets some added value now that the two teams are regional foes.

“You know it is a rivalry game and that is enough of a reason to get excited about it but now a region game. You have to win those to make the playoffs,” Enterprise coach, Rick Darlington said. “This is the first and it is going to be as tough as any of them I’m sure.”

Dothan has the same mentality headed into this game but for them it is their first game of the year. So to get the first win and have it be a region win would be huge.

“There is a lot of good teams in the region, somebody that is good is going to be left out of the playoffs. You put yourself behind the eight ball if you start out with a loss. So this is a big game for both teams,” Grider said.

Grider has the added task of trying to get his team ready both physically and mentally after having two weeks off.

“I worry a little bit about our conditioning after taking two weeks off right here before the first game but we have had a great week of preparation,” said Grider.

The Wolves missed their first two games due to a positive Coronavirus test on the team and due to the guidelines in place, they were not able to meet as a team since then. The Wolves started practicing this Monday.

Enterprise is going to have to take advantage of that if they want to get revenge for last year’s 47-9 loss at the hands of the Wolves.

But regardless of the result, coach Darlington is thrilled that the Wiregrass is able to witness the two biggest teams in the area square off again.

“Two biggest towns in the Wiregrass area getting to play and it will be a neat thing to see. It is great for the kids and the communities to get back to some sense of normalcy and have some football with all that is going on in the world the last six months,” Darlington said.

Friday nights game will be the 90th meeting between the schools including the games that came before the Dothan-Northview merger, Enterprise has the slight edge 46-40-3.

The kick is set for 7 p.m. at Rip Hewes Stadium in Dothan.

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