“You talk about last week and we probably had the worst week going into the Briarwood game and we played like it in the first half, “Griffith said. “I think it woke our kids up and they realized that they have to practice well to play well. We’ve had a good week this week. I am anxious to kick off on Friday night just to see and show the kids when you practice well you play well.”
The Aggies (1-1,0-1) fell to Briarwood, 26-15 last week in their area opener. Sylacauga trailed 26-0 after three quarters. Griffith’s team finally came to life in the final period as they scored 15 unanswered points. Senior running back Ian Floyd rushed for 175 yards and he scored both of the Aggies touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
“I think it is one of those things that we beat them last year,” Griffith said. “It was some pressure and we have a lot kids back this year. I don’t know if they felt too much pressure or they just didn’t realize until they got to halftime that they can beat Briarwood again. It was like watching two different teams. We made every mistake we could make in the first half. We came out in the second half and played really good football. I think they realized that they wait a little too late to beat a good football team. It may have been a lesson that we needed to learn early. It is not a sprint, it is a marathon and there is a lot of football still to play. I would rather get the kinks out early and make a run late than I would to peak too early.”
The Rams of Ramsay (1-1,1-0) enter tonight’s matchup looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since 1972. Last season, the Rams played their first varsity football game since 1976. The Aggies defeated Ramsay, 48-2 last season. Griffith expects tonight’s game to be more competitive.
“Probably the most improved football team that I have seen in a year,” Griffith said. “Comparing them from last year to this year is like night and day. Their staff has done a great job of settling down offensively and defensively. They are playing good football. I was very impressed in watching them play Talladega. They have a lot of speed; they are doing things right. I expect it to be very unlike last year. I don’t expect this to be a track meet.”
Griffith believes getting off to a fast start and winning the turnover battle will be two of the keys to victory against the Rams.
“We can’t give up the big play,” Griffith said. “They have a lot of speed. We can’t play really good defense and give up a bomb right there and give up a big play to them just because we relaxed. Those are the things that we cannot do. We can’t relax, we have to play fundamental football and if we play that we will be fine.”