“It’s a big game,” head coach Adam Fossett said. “It’s another region game. We definitely need to secure these last couple region games to solidify a spot in the playoffs. I’m looking forward to a big game. It’s homecoming, so we should have a big crowd (Friday). We’ve also had a pretty good week of practice, so we’re looking forward to playing.”
Homecoming inevitably brings about a slew of distractions with all the sundry festivities, but the Tigers (5-2) have managed to take things in stride.
“They’ve handled the distractions pretty well,” Fossett said. “Homecoming is a tough week because there is so much going on, but there’s also a lot of excitement too. It’s a little bit more exciting than it has been in the past because we do have a winning record right now and we have a chance to win out and possibly finish 8-2.”
Dallas County (2-5) is eliminated from the playoffs because of their 0-5 region record. The Hornets still have the opportunity to finish the season at .500. The team is straightforward on offense, but deceptive on defense.
“Offensively, they’ve got some size upfront,” Fossett said. “They can run right at you. They’re not going to throw the ball a whole lot. Defensively, they’re going to give us a couple of different looks, a couple of different fronts and they’re going to try and confuse us a little bit on the front. We definitely have to play assignment football and play disciplined football.”
Last season, Childersburg won easily, 48-21. This season, Dallas County has only managed to muster 14.6 points scored per game.
Meanwhile, Childersburg has seen great improvement in their defense. After averaging 26 points allowed per game last season, they have lowered the figure to 17.3 points allowed per game this season. Fossett wants to see his offense be aggressive and the defense continue to be stingy.
“Last year, we started slow and we traded scores back and forth,” Fossett said. “In the second half, we were able to take the lead and pad the lead. This year, we’re hoping to come out faster and be able to put points on the board early and often. Hopefully, our defense will continue playing well and get stops for us and we can end up having a pretty good night.”
Childersburg hosts their homecoming game tonight against Dallas County at 7 p.m.