“They were on to the next thing,” Dorsey said. “We watched on the Winterboro tape on Sunday and it over with it’s in the bag. Once you watch it is put in the bag and we are on to the next opponent. The kids have responded well. I am happy for them and I am proud of the way the seniors have stepped up. We didn’t have any distractions this week and I am happy for them.”
The Fighting Tigers (1-2, 1-1) defeated Winterboro, 22-21 in overtime last week. Ze’Kyle Stockdale converted the game winning two point conversion. TC Central’s offensive line played a huge role on the winning play. Dorsey believes the offensive line play with be vital in determining tonight’s outcome.
“For us I want to make sure o-line comes out ready to play,” Dorsey said. “Those guys had a good practice this week and I am proud of the way they responded even after the win over Winterboro they were satisfied and I appreciate that. Everybody had a good practice today and yesterday. I am happy for them.”
The Bulldogs of Wadley enter tonight’s game looking regroup after a tough loss at Fayetteville. The Bulldogs (1-2, 1-1) allowed two second half kickoff returns for touchdowns which helped the Wolves prevail 31-27. Dorsey said he was impressed with way he saw from both teams on film.
“They have a big stout running back and a big o-line,” Dorsey said. “They are a good football team. Coach (Ken) Fordham has come in and done a great job. They took a tough loss to Fayetteville- Fayetteville is just a good team. It is nothing to be shamed about right there. It was a good game between those two and either team could have won it. Fayetteville just happened to come out on top. That running back, he is a horse.”
The Fighting Tigers will be without several starters for tonight’s game due to injuries. Last week, Corey White went down with an ankle injury and he is out for the season. Senior Corey Morris and Brandon Flucker will return from their respective injuries in the next few weeks. With several upper classmen sidelined, several young players have stepped up for the Fighting Tigers.
“We actually playing guys that we wanted to hold back, but they are playing,” Dorsey said. “They have stepped up. Jordan Swain has stepped up, Kylan Cross, and Devlyn Keller are stepping up. The seniors are helping them out and giving them confidence when they are playing. The team is doing very well as far as stepping up and being the next man up. We lost Corey White, who was a big part of our offense and defense to an ankle injury. That makes three guys with leg injuries, three significant guys. That’s big.”
Last time these two teams met in Wadley, the Fighting Tigers had over 100 yards in penalties. Dorsey knows if his team is going to have a chance to win at Wadley they will have to play mistake free football.
“We have to win the turnover battle and we can’t commit penalties,” Dorsey said. “We know going to Wadley that it is going to be playing against ruckus crowd and a good team, so we have to be mistake free. We have to be clean in everything that we are doing with our hands. We have to be conscience of our penalties. We have to be clean in everything we are doing. That was our focus yesterday and today.”
Wadley leads the all-time series 8-2.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. from Curtis Lynch Stadium in Wadley.