Both the Fighting Tigers and the Bulldogs enter tonight’s game in need of their first victory of the season.
“We’ve had a good week of practice,” TC Central head coach Damien Dorsey said. “This is the biggest game for these seniors. As of right now, everyone is pretty much locked in. I am happy with the way that we practiced this week. I am always looking for improvement, so the guys are ready. I think they are excited about playing Winterboro.”
TC Central (0-2, 0-1) fell to St. Jude 24-6 last week in the Class 1A Area 7 opener. For the second week in a row, the Fighting Tigers struggled in the red zone. TC Central turned the ball over on downs inside the St. Jude 15 yard line twice in the first half. Senior Jeremy Allen scored their only touchdown from 13 yards out. Quarterback Ze’Kyle Stockdale went 2-12 passing for 63 yards. TC Central had 192 yards of offense. The Fight Tigers had three touchdowns wiped off the board on penalties.
Dorsey said he was pleased with what he has seen from his senior leaders this week in practice.
“Ze’Kyle Stockdale and Jeremy Allen are doing a whole lot better,” Dorsey said. “They are stepping up and we are looking for them to make big plays.”
Winterboro head coach Alan Beckett was impressed with what he has seen of the Fighting Tigers.
“Coach Dorsey has gone through some of the things we are going through,” Beckett said. “He is coming out of it. They have had two tough luck losses. Having watched them in jamborees, they are playing hard and have good body language. That will tell you that something will eventually happen good to them. Ze’Kyle Stockdale is an impressive multipurpose player. They are playing hard. Coach Dorsey has the right idea about how to get the program better.”
The Bulldogs (0-2, 0-1) enter tonight’s game looking to get their first win in the Alan Beckett era. Last week, Winterboro fell to Fayetteville, 40-7. Beckett wasn’t pleased with his team’s effort last week.
“We had several players last week quit in spirit,” Beckett said. “They did a great job of holding the fence up and trying to get out. One player told me that they’d done that for years there when things were bad. I hope we can break the cycle with the young players. It is embarrassing to see that. We had players’ body language go bad in the first quarter of the first jamboree game. That’s not good. The culture has to change with the younger players.”
Beckett is pleased with the effort he has seen from Colby Wheeler and DeShawn Garrett.
“Colby Wheeler had a great game,” Beckett said. “He had 12 tackles. He’s really improved. DeShawn Garrett was moved to a new position and responded like a champ with 12 tackles of his own. Both play very hard and are very coachable.”
Dorsey said if the Fighting Tigers play with intensity and take care of the things they are trying to accomplish they will earn their first win of the season.
TC Central leads the series 21-16.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. from Alumni Stadium in Howell’s Cove.