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[PREVIEW] Winterboro Bulldogs take on Ragland Purple Devils Friday


WINTERBORO, Ala. – Winterboro (5-3) will take on Ragland (2-6) on the road Friday night.

Ragland averages 14.1 points per-game and gives up 26.8 points per-game. Winterboro averages 30.8 points per-game and gives up 21.1 points per game. Winterboro is attempting to make the playoffs four consecutive times for the first time in school history. With a 53-51 record since 2010, this will be the winningest decade in school history. (Second closest is the 1960’s with a 48-46-5 record).

Last week Winterboro knocked off Appalachian 42-26.  “We had a tumultuous week of practice Appalachian week. We were either going to get better or lay down. Our kids responded with character and determination,” said Coach Alan Beckett. “We beat a good team. But that was last week, all of that starts over this week against Ragland. If you think you did something yesterday, you haven’t done anything today.”

“We start off each week with the players with the open conversation question of ‘Why care’. Our players respond with great dialogue including those that care deeply and those that struggle with it. Everybody needs something to play for.”

This season, Beckett became the winningest coach in Winterboro history. “My whole thing has been about bringing a positive light on our kids,” said Beckett. “There was so much negativity surrounding these kids and athletics. The negativity was never going to be successful. These kids needed structure and love. I have stood up to the many wolves that try to bring them down.”

This week the Bulldogs look to continue their winning ways under Beckett versus Ragland. “It hasn’t been the kind of season that Coach Sewell had wanted due to different things. However Ragland had a huge win last week at Valley Head. They will be fired up and play well. The last thing we can do is have the attitude that ‘We got this’. We need to be as excited as we were last week against Appalachian.”

Last Season Winterboro won the match up 34-27. Ragland leads the series all-time 9-7


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