WESTVILLE — The Coal Bucket has always held high importance to the communities of Westville, Georgetown and the surrounding area. But tonight’s game between the two Vermilion Valley Conference rivals may have more stories surrounding it than any other.
The biggest story on the field is that these two teams are coming into the game each at 4-4. With the strength of schedule being very good for both teams, it is more than likely that the winner of tonight’s contest is in the playoffs. The loser is not.
“Everybody who’s been around Vermillion County knows how important this game is and understands the importance.” Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman coach Josh Cavanaugh said. “(Westville coach Guy Goodlove) and I don’t have to explain how important this one is to our kids.”
“This game is a game that you don’t have to worry about your players being motivated,” Goodlove said. “There’s an extra focus that you don’t see. There’s a different attitude and intensity from Monday on. All the players are aware of how important this game is.”
Westville comes into the contest with a four-game winning streak after suffering a four-game losing streak to start the season.
“You would think losing the first four games would damage a team’s enthusiasm,” Goodlove said. “Our kids just kept working hard and played with a love for the game. With that kind of attitude it was just a matter of time before we turned it around.”
Goodlove credited the turn around to improvements at key positions.
“Our improvement came from the improvement of our offensive line, and our playmakers making plays. We started taking advantage of our opportunities and that’s been the difference.” Goodlove said.
For the Buffaloes, they started off the season 4-2 and are coming off back to back losses to the top two teams in the conference.