“Most of our guys have not been apart of anything that has gone on,” head coach Anthony Jacks said. “The streak is not going to have anything to do with these kids on the team now. We are going to go out here and play our very best. If it is good enough to win, if not we gave our best and get to live to play next week. It is a rivalry game and we want to win it. It doesn’t affect our playoff hopes or anything like that. We definitely want to play our best game here and get ready to go.”
Jacks said the Tigers have had a good week of preparation for Childersburg.
“It has been going pretty good,” Jacks said. “The kids have been out here hustling and putting in the work every day. That’s all you can ask for.”
Comer fell to Talladega 22-0 in their fall jamboree last week. The Tigers’ third-year coach said he saw some positive things from his team.
“We have a few guys that we held out that probably could have went if we needed them too,” Jacks said. “We held them out for cautionary reasons. We had a chance to see other kids play that hadn’t played any. I thought we played well on defense. We had some bright spots, but we also saw some things we needed to work on. I am glad to see on tape so we can try to work on, so it can get corrected and improve. Overall, I was pretty pleased especially defensively. Offensively, we got to shore some things up, but other than that I was pleased with what happened last week.”
The match up also put two friends against each other. Jacks was the defensive coordinator under now Childersburg head coach Adam Fossett at Winterboro before coming to Comer.
“I worked with coach Fossett for a couple of years,” Jacks said. “He is going to do a good job up there. It is kind of interesting to see some of the stuff we used there together, so you have an idea of what they are going to be doing. I also know that he is going to have something up his sleeve that we are not prepared for. You just try to play as sound as we can and be ready for anything.”
Jacks believes tackling and not turning the ball over is going to be vital for his team’s success tonight.
“We got to play good defense,” Jacks said. “We have to tackle better than we did last week. We are going to try to score the ball when we have it on offense. We are not going to turn it over, that is our No. 1 goal-no turnovers.”
Kick off is set for 7 p.m. from Legion Stadium in Sylacauga.