“They’re very well-coached,” Comer head coach Anthony Jacks said. “They’re not going to wow you with their athleticism; they’re not bad athletes or anything, but they’re not the most athletic team we play all year. But they are so well-coached and they do everything right. They just don’t make mistakes, which is why it’s very difficult to beat them.”
The Tigers lost to the Wildcats 48-14 on the road last season.
“We got whipped pretty good by them last year, but looking at the tape we had success,” Jacks said. “We had too many things happen where we hurt ourselves. We were able to run the ball on them, so we’re going to try to control the clock and keep the ball away from them and try to punch it in when we get those chances.
Jacks believes last week’s loss to Leeds was a bit of an anomaly. Leeds was coming off a 26-10 loss to No. 2 Piedmont and seemed especially spirited to have a strong return to their home field.
“We played okay for a little bit, but we kind of got flustered a little bit and I think we caught them at the wrong time,” Jacks said. “They didn’t play well the previous week and had a bunch of turnovers. So, I think we caught them at their very best. They were very focused and ready for us. That didn’t help us out any. They’re a physical team and they keep coming at you and make you tired. They get you tired and they pound you, which is very difficult. That’s what we want to do. That’s how we want our team to be. It was a very good example for us to learn from.
“We didn’t play well, but a lot of our problems are just technique.
“We didn’t play very good technique, so a lot of that stuff is fixable. We didn’t play as well as we could have, but they probably played a perfect game. That’s what coach (Keith) Etheridge told me that after the game. It’s just one of those deals where you’ve got to move on and you’ve got to keep playing.”
Jacks is optimistic about this week’s game given the way his team has performed this week in practice.
“We probably had our best week of practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday,” Jacks said. “The kids came and practice well every day. We had no mental hangover or anything like that. Mondays have been hit or miss for us this year, but Monday was a good practice for us and Tuesday and Wednesday was real good for us. I’ve been real pleased with the focus. We give ourselves an opportunity to win the game by practicing that way.”
Comer hosts Trinity tonight at 7 p.m.