Trojans try to build off big division win
Head coach Curt Blackburn and Northeast Lauderdale High School could not have asked for a better win last week, as the Trojans beat Newton County 21-17 on the final play of the game last week.
This week, Northeast will travel to Northeast Jones to face a Tiger team directly above them in the Region 5-4A standings.
“If we could win this one, it'd be real big for us as we look to accomplish our goal of making the playoffs,” Blackburn said. “We could even get a home playoff game if we continue to play hard and win our next few games.”
While Northeast will look back at last week’s game to duplicate some of the things that went well, Blackburn said his team will have to move on the this week, as the Tigers will be a tough match up.
“They throw the ball really well,” Blackburn said. “They play real well and have a good passing game. There run game is not too bad either.”
Blackburn said the key to defending Northeast Jones on offense will be to keep the Tigers in front of them and eliminate big plays. If the Trojans are able to make the Tigers put together long drives, Blackburn said it will give his team a better chance of forcing mistakes and limiting the Northeast Jones in the air.
After last week's game, the Trojans have a certain swagger to them, and Blackburn said his team is believing they can do anything they set their mind to. That could be a dangerous combination for opposing teams as Northeast looks to make a push towards the playoffs.
“That win definitely boosted our confidence,” Blackburn said. “The kids know that they can do it and that they can play with anybody.”
— Tony Tsoukalas