“These seniors they have been coming and doing so much, but they still need to do a lot more,” TC head coach Damien Dorsey said. “They have a lot more to do, the job is not done. Friday with Notasulga is going to be a real big game, because it is the next game. We got to have it. This is a game that you got to have.”
Dorsey said that his team practiced with a little more sense of urgency this week. Dorsey, who is the Fighting Tigers scout team quarterback during practice, liked the intensity he saw from the defense.
“This week practice went well,” Dorsey said on Wednesday. “I tell the guys that we were like seven plays away from being 4-1 ourselves. It starts with me, so I have been real active this week at practice. I am just making sure the guys come with intensity. If I have to get a busted lip for them to be intense, so be it. I have been playing quarterback all year and I finally got one so I feel good.”
Notasulga (3-2, 2-1) enters tonight’s game looking to get back on the winning track. The Blue Devils fell to Lanett, 47-6 last week. James Lucas’ team is currently tied for second in the region.
“They are big and fast,” Dorsey said. “They look good. They get to the ball. Sometimes they may not know where the ball is, but they get to the ball and when they get there they are coming with some intensity. I hope our guys bring the intensity and let them hopefully, try to match our intensity.”
The Fighting Tigers (1-4, 1-2) enter tonight’s game looking to stay alive in the region race. Last week, the Fighting Tigers fell to Vincent, 34-28. This is the third game that TC Central has lost by eight points or less. Vincent won last week’s game in the final minute of the game. A TC Central defender deflected a pass, but it fell into the hands of Jace Green who caught the ball and ran in for a 32-yard touchdown.
Dorsey said he has learned several lessons as coach in their losses this season.
“I am learning so much, “Dorsey said. “I have been so blessed this year just to be able to learn. You hate to a take a lesson from losses, but I don’t dwell on it. It’s something that I just have to look at and go over and review. Each game you are going to learn something. We learned, now we have to do a little bit more with the quarterback situation. That was my fault for putting in situations where he was not going to be successful. I learned that.
“Those key things helping the team out like conserving time outs are things that I have been learning as a coach. I have been blessed with that.”
Dorsey said he believes if his team executes, exceeds Notasulga’s intensity and finishes they will leave Alumni Stadium with their second victory of the season.
“I just want the guys to compete,” Dorsey said. “I want the guys to come out there, have intensity and bring the fight to them- not have to be on the defensive. Bring the fight to them. And we have, we just haven’t been able to finish and close the deal. So now we have to be closers. It’s just like in real estate, let’s close the deal.”
The Fighting Tigers lead the series 7-4. Notasulga won last season’s contest 46-14.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. from Alumni Stadium.