The Fighting Tigers are looking to make the postseason for the first time since 2009.
“I think the way it is set up if we win we are in,” TC Central’s second-year head coach Damien Dorsey said. “We are tied for third right now with Fayetteville and Wadley by virtue of tiebreaker if we beat Fayetteville we are in there. Because they will be 3-3 and we will be 4-2.”
Fayetteville’s second-year head coach John Limbaugh hopes to lead his Wolves to the postseason for the second time in school history.
“It is a big game for both teams, TC and us,” Limbaugh said. “Coach Dorsey has done a great job at TC. He is really a class act, he is a good person. I enjoy being around him, he is a good man and he has a good football team. They really have gotten a lot better in the last few weeks and their wins all happen to be region wins. We are going to have to play our best game to beat them. I believe our kids are ready and up for the task. They have a lot of things going for them and we have accomplished a lot of our goals this year, but we have another goal to accomplish which is make the playoffs. Our kids are ready for a fight.”
TC Central (3-4,3-2) defeated Verbena, 46-12 last week. This was the Fighting Tigers second win in a row and it gives them momentum going into tonight’s game. Jeremy Allen had a huge game for the Fighting Tigers last week. He rushed for 220 yards and two touchdowns. For his performance, he earned The Daily Home Player of the Week honors.
This week players have stayed focused on the task at hand and they haven’t been distracted by the homecoming festivities.
“It is homecoming, it is going to be a lot of people, but I am trying to make sure the kids don’t get caught up in the festivities, so nobody will do anything that is going to cost us,” Dorsey said. “I am just proud of them for handling the festivities from yesterday and today and coming out to practice with good intensity. Me being the backup quarterback today, I really had to turn it on to match them.”
With the game being on Thursday, the Wolves preparation has been shortened by a day. Limbaugh believes their practice on Tuesday may have been their best of the season.
“I thought yesterday (Tuesday) was one of our best practices of the year,” Limbaugh said. “We really got after it well and got our kids some looks at certain spots to do a few things and I am excited about it. We are going to have to stop No. 2, he is a great quarterback and very athletic. We are going to have to stop No. 3, their tailback. Their fullback blocks very well. We are looking at 2, 3, and 22. They are all good ball players, so we have our work cut out for us.”
Fayetteville (5-2, 3-2) fell to Loachapoka, 55-0 last week. This was the first time that the Wolves have been shut out this season. Dorsey said he is impressed with what he has seen from Coach Limbaugh’s Fayetteville team.
“Coach John Limbaugh is a good guy and a better coach,” Dorsey said. “I love the way he has his guys. I am really impressed with the way they do things. They are a hard-nosed team and it shows on field. We are going to have to play a good game; it is not going to be anything that we take for granted.”
Limbaugh said the Wolves will have to control the football and the clock if they are going to leave Howell’s Cove with their first playoff berth in nine years.
“We have to control the football,” Limbaugh said. “Last week, we had a lot of turnovers against Loachapoka. We cannot turn the ball over; if we do that we are going to hurt our self. We have to control the football and we have to control the clock.”
Dorsey believes if the Fighting Tigers tackle and win the turnover battle they will come out victorious.
“Taking care of the ball and tackling,” Dorsey said. “No. 32 is a runner, so we are going to have to tackle, tackle and tackle well.”
TC Central leads the series 7-0. The Fighting Tigers came from behind to defeat Fayetteville last season, 26-20.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. from Alumni Stadium in Howell’s Cove.
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