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On closer inspection of each loss, Community had chances to put the game away, but a bad break here and there, or a missed assignment here or there ended up putting Community at a 1-4 record heading into their bye week.
The break couldn't have come at a better time for the Purple and Gold, according to coach Johnnie Frost.
"Having a couple days off last week was nice for the kids. It was nice to heal up a few bumps and bruises," he said.
With the extra week to recuperate and work on some of the miscues and errors, the Vikings are poised for a strong finish if they can pick up the district win against Middle Tennessee Christian on Friday night.
While the Cougars (0-5, 0-1 9-A) are still searching for their first win of the season, Frost and company know it won't be a walk in the park in Murfreesboro.
But a key win here could set the stage for a solid finish and a potential playoff berth.
"We've been pushing them pretty hard. If they (Community) want any hopes of making the playoffs we have to push hard right here," Frost said.
So far this season, the Cougars have been out-scored 195-54, with their only district loss being to Cascade (5-1, 1-0 9-A).
With the extra week off, the Vikes took time to work on their individual game at each position with the hopes of bettering the team as a whole.
"During the bye week, we really worked hard on us and we worked hard on our individual play to get better in our positions to hopefully be able to bring it all together this week," Frost said.
Community has all the elements to bring together a successful finish of the season. With offensive threats like Austin Lees, Jesse Cooper, and Zack James, the tools are there.
And opportunity is knocking on the door for the Purple and Gold.
"I feel like this is our opportunity this week. If we can take advantage this week, it will give us a great chance to get that momentum in a snowball effect to spring us forward some," Frost said.
With just four district games left on the schedule, every game is a must-win for Community.
If Community can eliminate tough fourth quarter turnovers and miscues, the range of possibility is almost unlimited for the Vikings.
With the second half of the season getting set to kick off on Friday, Community will face MTCS, then Huntland before making a trip to Wartrace to face arch-rival Cascade.
The Vikings will close out their schedule with home games against Moore County and Kings Academy.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Murfreesboro on Friday night.