Talladega head coach Robert Herring said that his team had a good short week of preparation heading into tonight’s game.
“We are out here in this heat trying to get ready for a real good Ramsay football team,” Herring said. “They are a lot better than they were last year. They have a good offensive line, defensive line; their quarterback is a lot like the one from TC Central, he can do it all. They have two wide receivers that can score at anytime and a back that can break it. They had a couple of turnovers against Fairfield and that cost them. I can promise you that they are going to win games this year, it is going to be like the team that they were last year.”
The Tigers (1-0) held on to defeat county foe TC Central, 14-8 last Friday in the season opener. Herring said there were a lot of things he took away from watching last week’s game.
“The first positive was just getting that first win,” Herring said. “It was just fundamental stuff. It was a breakdown in the defense. They scored on that pass and we had a safety that came up on the run. That is one thing that you don’t do when you are in a cover two, you never get beat deep and you don’t come help on run. We worked on fundamentals. Our offensive line has come on this week and improved. We put in a few more plays and we have to get better week-by-week. Hopefully, it will show Thursday night. The offense that we run, you have to do it over and over. It is redundant, but it has to come second nature.”
The Rams of Ramsay (0-1) enter tonight’s game looking to earn their first win of the season in their home opener. Ramsay fell to Fairfield, 40-20 last week. Last season, was the first time the Rams fielded a football team since 1976.
Talladega defeated Ramsay, 42-8 last season. That was the most points that Talladega has scored since the 2002 season.
One of the players that Herring was pleased with after last week’s game was senior Richard Williams. The senior made several plays on defense, including the game-saving interception in the final seconds to give Talladega the win.
“Richard Williams played a really good game for us on defense,” Herring said. “He is a senior and he plays both ways. We have to try to get him the ball a little bit more. He got that interception at the end of the game to seal the game.”
Going into tonight’s game the status of All-State linebacker Ahmad Gooden is a game time decision. Gooden practiced this week, but Herring could tell his ankle still wasn’t at full strength after suffering a high ankle sprain a few weeks ago against Lincoln.
“He practiced this week but he was gimpy on it.
Hopefully, we will get Ahmad back this week. He was still limping around today and we are not going to push him if he is not ready to go tomorrow. We will hold him out and let him play against John Carroll at home.”
Herring knows that his team will have to play mistake free football to pick up an area win on the road. Last week, Talladega won the turnover battle, which included a 64-yard interception return for a touchdown from Carlos Moten. The first-year head coach believes they will need to follow the same blueprint going into tonight’s contest.
“Not having turnovers,” Herring said. “Last week, we fumbled a punt. We can’t win games if we turn the ball over, especially when on our side of the field and expect to win games.”
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