“They are fast and they have good skills,” head coach Damien Dorsey said. “I think we can match up with them with our speed. We need to make sure we clean up what we need to clean up this week and see what the film looks like next week. I think we have a good chance of going down there and playing together. We have a good football team, so we are going to do what we need to do.”
The Fighting Tigers (0-1) fell to Talladega, 14-8 last Friday. TC Central had several opportunities, but penalties and turnovers proved to be costly.
TC Central’s quarterback Ze’Kyle Stockdale threw for 176 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions including one returned for a touchdown. He also rushed for 66 yards.
Dorsey saw several positives for his offensive unit.
“For the most part when it came down to crunch time we were able to drive the ball down (field) and get into the red zone,” Dorsey said. “Now, it is just a matter of putting it in. I was very pleased that we were able to drive the ball.
“I was pleased with the running backs, the quarterback and the o-line. That has to come together.”
St. Jude (0-1) fell to Catholic in Montgomery, 24-14 last Friday. Last season, the Pirates defeated the Fighting Tigers 36-12.
“I think they have a new quarterback and he made some mistakes last week that I know coach Brock will fix this week,” Dorsey said.
“We can’t count on those mistakes this week. We have to make our own luck and that is what we are going to try to do.”
Dorsey believes if the Fighting Tigers can win the turnover battle on Friday, they will leave Montgomery with a win. TC Central hasn’t defeated St. Jude since the 1995 season.
“No turnovers,” the second-year head coach said. “We have to force turnovers and win the turnover battle. Last week, we didn’t, we lost the turnover battle by one and that happened to be that touchdown that we couldn’t get. Win the turnover battle. If we can win that this week, I think we have a very good chance of winning.”
Kick off is set for 7 p.m. from Carver Field in Montgomery.