The Tigers are coming off an emotional win over archrival the Sylacauga Aggies. Second-year head coach Adam Fossett said it wasn’t hard to get his players to focus on the task at hand this week.
“We are confident where we are. I told them Monday that last week is over, it was a big win for us but it is over. We have to move on to the next game. We’ve had a really good week of practice; they are upbeat and excited about what is going on. (Tuesday’s) practice was a great practice for us, probably one of the best ones that we had all year. I think mentally and physically these guys will be ready for Friday. They know the task at hand. ”
The fourth-ranked Central of Clay County Volunteers (5-0, 3-0) enter tonight’s game looking to get a step closer to capturing the Class 4A Region 3 crown. The Vols defeated Munford last week 30-14. The 14 points allowed last week tied the most that their vaunted defense has allowed all season. In region play, Central of Clay County hasn’t allowed a point in three games.
“We are back to region play, Clay Central is coming,” Fossett said. “They haven’t given up a region point yet, so that is something we definitely remind the kids of. They have been pitching shut outs in the region. Obviously, the goal is to score points, because they haven’t given up any yet. They are very sound in what they do; they have some athletes on the field that does a good job for them. We are going to capitalize off any mistake they may make and they don’t make many on film. Any mistakes they may make we have to capitalize on and we have to minimize our mistakes.”
In the Tigers (4-1, 2-1) last two games, they have gotten off to slow starts. Last week in their comeback victory over Sylacauga, Childersburg struggled to find a rhythm offensively until late in the second quarter. On the opening play of the game, the Tigers turned the ball over which led to a Sylacauga field goal. Fossett knows his team can ill afford to turn the ball over if they are going to pull off the upset.
“The past two weeks we have started the game with a turnover,” Fossett said. “Two week ago with an interception and a week ago with a fumble, so we have to eliminate those little mistakes and make sure we don’t get behind early. I talked to them last week and playing from behind is tough and we’ve had to do it two weeks in a row. Last week, we were able to come back to win, but against Dadeville that wasn’t the case.”
Last week, Frank Wilkerson had a career night in the Tigers’ win over the Aggies. Wilkerson recorded five touchdowns and 253 all-purpose yards. The junior receiver caught the game winning 41-yard touchdown that bounced off a Sylacauga defender for the score.
“It was pretty amazing to see,” Fossett said of Wilkerson’s performance. “He definitely found some holes and found some spaces to get into. Zach made some good reads and found him open. Obviously, the last touchdown was a crazy play within itself. The defender made a great play on the ball. Frank took it off his deflection and was able to walk in. It was a big game for all of us. Frank is the type of guy that knows everybody had a hand in it and he was the fortunate one to score all the touchdowns and have individual success, but he knows the defense and special teams all came together to make it happen. That’s the best thing about it-it was a total team effort.”
Fossett believes if his team can play solid defensively and find a way to score points early and often they will have a chance to earn the upset.
“We have to take care of business, ”Fossett said. “We have to play a full four quarters; we can’t show up in the second half. We want to score early and capitalize on any mistake that they may make. We have to make sure we minimize our mistakes and not give up any big plays.”
Childersburg hosts Central of Clay County tonight at 7 p.m.