“Last year’s game was back and forth,” head coach Adam Fossett said. “It was a close win at the end. It was a sloppy game on both sides. We were able to make that extra play at the end and go ahead. The key for us this year is to make sure we don’t make mistakes.”
As some Tigers fans already know, the Bobcats are tough to beat on the road. Beulah finished last season 5-5 overall and went 4-1 at home. Their only home loss last season came against Dadeville, a team that made it to the second round of the playoffs before falling to eventual 4A state champs UMS-Wright.
“It’s an early road test for us,” Fossett said. “It’s a long ride—a little over two hours on a school bus. Any time you go on the road, you want to make sure that you’re prepared mentally and physically, especially coming off of a big rivalry win. I have some concerns as far as us being able to be ready mentally. The kids have come out and had a pretty good week of practice. It’s important for us to get there in enough time for the guys to get out and stretch their legs and loosen up and get uncurled from being on a bus and get ready to go play at 7 o’clock.”
Childersburg opened their season with a resounding 38-0 home win against rival B.B. Comer. Both the offense and the defense had strong showings, with the defense earning a shutout. Zack Lightsey threw several touchdown passes while complimented by a running game that accumulated 268 yards. After the game, Fossett talked about being pleased with seeing the synergy in the running and passing game.
“Our quarterback does a good job; he throws a good ball and he’s committed himself to becoming a better quarterback over the summer through camps and 7-on-7s,” Fossett said. “Zack works hard and he’s going to give you everything he’s got. Our backs and receivers did a good job as far as running the ball. I know Tim Tilley had some good runs, Kendarius Calhoun had some great runs for us and played defense for us. So, he’s pulling double duty and doing a good job doing that. We had some good catches by the receivers in the back of the end zone and good throws. The passing game is what we were looking to work on and get better to use and we were able to do that to open up the running game and vice versa. So, it turned out well for us.”
Meanwhile, Beulah suffered a 29-15 road loss at Notasulga. The Bobcats are under the direction of new head coach Jarrod Wooten, who came to the school after a 5-5 season at Parrish.
“The new coach is coach Wooten,” Fossett said. “He’s a Beulah alumni, so he’s trying to get things going in the right direction there. I’ve talked to him a couple of times. He’s doing a good job, trying to get his guys better, just like we’re trying to get our guys better. They’ve got a few skill guys that can be dangerous. They’ve got a couple big linemen that concern me a little bit as far as plugging holes and just stopping us up offensively. We’re going to have to maintain our gaps and make sure we take care of business.”
Fossett believes if his team can play as well as they did in week one, they should have a good chance to win against Beulah.
“I just want to see us be able to go on the road and be disciplined and play as hard as we played last week so we can take care of business on the road,” Fossett said. “The leadership is starting to come out more and more. The seniors and older guys are starting to do the things they need to do to make sure that on and off the field we’re taking care of business. As long as we have our head on straight and go down with one mission in mind, I think we’ll be okay.”