“It’s a huge game for us,” head coach Anthony Jacks said. “It’s a region game, so it’s real important. Both of us are kind of tied as far as standings go. So, we really want to win this one to try and improve our region standings.”
While Comer lost at Midfield last season 36-6, Jacks said the final score did not indicate the true course of the game as a whole.
“I don’t think the final score showed how the game went,” Jacks said. “It was 12-6 with about 10 minutes to go in the ball game. We just kind of fell to pieces right there at the end. They put together a drive to score. We fumbled the ensuing kickoff; they got a short field and punched another one in. It was kind of like they smelled blood in the water and they jumped on us. We were in the ball game. It was 7-6 at halftime. We really had an opportunity at the end of the first half to score and we just couldn’t quite punch it in. We dropped a pass in the end zone that could have been a touchdown. We feel like we can play with these guys, but we can’t help them out. That’s the key to this game is the turnover battle. We don’t want any turnovers and hopefully we can get a couple.”
Comer is coming off a 14-8 loss to No. 6 Trinity. While the team lost, they gained confidence in nearly beating the top team in the region.
“We really felt like we should have won the game,” Jacks said. “Whenever you get the opportunity down on the one-inch line, you’ve got to punch it in, you’ve got to capitalize on it and we didn’t do that. We came up short, but at the same time we do know Trinity is one of the most respected teams in the state of Alabama, they’re a ranked team. Looking at it, we know we had an opportunity to beat a team like that. Trinity is going to be the No. 1 seed in our region. We had an opportunity to beat right there on our own field. So, that means we’re capable of being a No. 1 seed if we put it all together. That’s kind of been the focus this week and trying to play like a No. 1. We want to play like a region champion. Obviously, the kids are disappointed that we didn’t come away with a win last week but at the same time they got some confidence. That was one of the best teams in the state and if we can play with those guys, we can play with anybody.”
Jacks said Midfield presents a challenge specifically at the line of scrimmage because of their size.
“They’re probably the biggest team we’ve played all year upfront,” Jacks said.
“They’ve just got tremendous size. They’ve also got big-time speed. They’ve kind of got the best of both worlds. They’re a very tough team. We’re going to have to play well to win the game. We want to try to keep doing the things we’ve been doing: try to keep the ball away from them and limit their possessions. Hopefully, put a little pressure on them limiting their opportunities.”
At the same time, the Patriots can score at any moment.
“They’re a big-play team,” Jacks said. “They live for that big play. They might not get anything on first or second down and they’ll just throw a little dump pass out here and the guy can go the distance. Those types of things are what worry you about a team like this.”
It’s been a short week of practice for the Tigers with the game being played on Thursday.
“I think by the time it’s week eight, you’re not really installing a whole lot of stuff,” Jacks said.
“You ought to have your assignments and stuff down. You’re just working on technique. I think that’s kind of what we’ve been working on this week. I feel like we got better this week. We just need to come out and play well tomorrow night.”
Comer hosts Midfield tonight at 7 p.m.