“There’s no question about it: the playoffs is huge,” head coach Anthony Jacks said. “Even if we were to lose, if Midfield beats Tarrant, we’ll still be in. Of course, that’s not what we want to do. We feel like we’ve played pretty well here the last few games. Last week, we played well at times. We want to try to end this season on a good note. If we can get hot at the right time and start to play well and play four quarters, if we’re in the playoffs anything can happen. Straughn was the fourth seed last year and they went to the semifinals. It can happen if we get hot at the right time. We want to go out and try to play our very best with the two games left in the regular season. This is a region game. Even though we haven’t accomplished a lot of the goals we wanted this year, we still have got some things that have been on the table that we can accomplish and turn this into a really good year for us. We’ve got to just keep on working and try to get better every day.”
Comer (4-4) won last season’s matchup 33-15. The Rebels enter this week’s game with a 1-7 overall record, but Jacks believes they are better than their record would indicate.
“They had a tough year last year, but coming in I still thought they weren’t that bad,” Jacks said. “I think they’re better than what their record is. I think you’ve got to respect them. They do a lot of unique stuff offensively that you really have to prepare for because it can cause you problems if you’re not paying attention. There are one or two things that are really a small difference, but it makes a big difference in how you line up and things like that. We’ve got to be focused on that. We’ve got to take care of the football. All year, if we go out and turn the football over, we really can’t beat anybody. We’ve got to take care of the football. I think if we do that, we’ll be okay. If we get lined up correctly on defense and take care of the football offensively, I feel like we’ll have a successful week.”
A turnover proved to be crucial in last week’s game loss to Midfield.
“We were in the game,” Jacks said. “It was 7-0 and the turning point in the game was a turnover. We were kind of on our own end of the field and it was third down. It was my fault probably; I made a bad call probably. We threw a slant pass and the receiver tried to convert the route to something else because he thought that they had the slant covered and the quarterback and receiver didn’t get to communicate well. The receiver runs one route, the quarterback throws a slant and he’s just sitting right there. He catches it and runs it back for a pick-six. We just lost all of the momentum right there. We played decent; it was 7-0 and we had moved the ball okay. We just lost every ounce of momentum we had right there before the half. That kind of snowballed and got us down. We’ve got to do a better job of not letting that happen. When something bad happens, we can’t just let it decide the outcome. We’ve got to keep fighting.”
Jacks said the loss hasn’t lingered, as the team came back early for practice Monday morning on a day when others were enjoying a day off from school.
“We’ve had a good week of practice,” Jacks said. “We were out of school Monday; the kids had to show up for practice Monday. We practiced Monday morning and came back (Tuesday) and had a good practice. I thought we had a good practice out there (Wednesday), so we’ve had a good week I think. The kids realize what’s at stake here and they want to give their best. I feel good about where we are as far as practice. We’ve just got to string them together and play well Friday night now.”
B.B. Comer plays at Thorsby Friday at 7 p.m.