The Fort Valley State Wildcats, it seems, have had different problems pop up in each game.
First-year head coach Kevin Porter calls that part of the process.
The Wildcats hope to straighten out those issues for Saturday’s game at Alderson Broaddus in West Virginia. Fort Valley State is 1-3, and all three losses have come on the road.
“You play four of your first five on the road, that’s something to worry about,” Porter said. “It’s a difficult prospect, and it’s not ideal, obviously. We feel like we have grown on the road. There have been spots that we have played well. To win on the road and away from your home, it’s difficult.
“You have to travel, and you’re in unfamiliar surroundings, so it’s something you have to deal with. We have to get to the point with our program where we’re able to get on the bus, go win a game and come home. We haven’t been able to do that to this point.”
The Wildcats had five turnovers last week. The week before that, they overcame 11 penalties to beat Clark Atlanta.
Through the first four games of Porter’s tenure, the Wildcats have 51 penalties and 11 turnovers.
“Every week, we’re just trying to refine what we do,” Porter said. “Obviously, it’s a process. You’re playing a bunch of young kids, playing a young quarterback, and he’s going to have his ups and downs. But we just have to overcome some of the things that have gone on this season and play well enough to win the game.”
Alderson Broaddus beat Fort Valley State 27-20 last year. The Battlers are 2-2, including 1-1 at home.
“They’re a well-coached football team. They play in a very good league against a bunch of good teams, teams that are ranked,” Porter said. “They’re very good on defense. They’re active on defense. They do some different things on offense. They play with a bunch of tight ends at the same time, and it’s a little different from the things we’ve seen.
“We just have to go up there with the mindset that we’re going to match their intensity and play hard.”