“We had a good week of practice and we’re getting ready to stop John Carroll if we can,” Herring said
Talladega (1-1, 0-1) enters tonight’s game looking to get back into the win column. The Tigers fell to Ramsay 26-16 last week.
John Carroll enters tonight’s game with a 1-1 overall record and 1-0 region record. The Cavs defeated Shelby County, 33-27 last week. Herring was impressed with what he saw from John Carroll on film.
“They beat Shelby County in a region game last week,” Herring said. “They have two or three good players. They have a good running back and a good receiver. They do a lot things on offense, they will try to spread you out and run the ball. We just have to play fundamentally sound defense. On defense, they run around blitzing. On offense we just have to be sound and know what gap we have and who we have to pick up. They have a great coaching staff over there at John Carroll. They have guys that have been around; they do a real good job with what they have.”
Offensively, Talladega showed improvement from week one to week two. The Tigers received a big performance from LaDerrick Stamps who ran for a touchdown last week.
The Tigers may get a boost on defense as All-State linebacker Ahmad Gooden continues to get healthy. He returned last week and saw limited action at defensive end.
“That’s the thing about this offense, we’ve got to get better week by week,” Herring said. “It is not going to happen overnight. Defensively, I hope we are a little better this week. Hopefully, Ahmad (Gooden) will be better. Last week, he was about 50 percent and he gave us what he had. This week, we had him icing that ankle all week and hopefully he will be 75 percent Friday night. He is a big part in what we do. We are just going to try to see what he can do for us on Friday night. This is a big game for us. I don’t know if Talladega has ever beat John Carroll. It would be a big win for us against a Birmingham school to get us back to 2-1 and 1-1 in the region.”
Herring believes if the Tigers can win the turnover battle and play assignment football on defense, they will have a good chance of knocking of John Carroll for the first time since 2007.
“Holding on to the ball,” Herring said. “No turnovers and mistake-free offense. We have to play sound defense.”
Herring hopes that Talladega supporters will fill Mary Dumas like they did when they faced TC Central in their season opener.
John Carroll leads the series 5-3.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. from Mary Dumas Stadium.