— Southeast Lauderdale to face 4A Northeast Jones after big win
The Southeast Lauderdale Tigers are charging into Week 5 with a bit of motivation after a big win against Clarkdale.
Head coach Charles Black said he hopes the intensity and mindset will carryover into Friday night's matchup against Northeast Jones.
The win raised the Tigers to even on the season, 2-2, but also translated into the team’s best week of practice, Black said.
“Everyday the kids have come out with a great attitude,” he said. “I don't know if its because we were coming off a win or what.”
This week, Southeast will be getting two guys back on the defensive line – Jerry Ivey and Logan Miller – after missing the first four games due to injury.
Black said the keys this week will be sticking to blocking assignments and making tackles to slow down Northeast Jones' running game. Additionally, limiting turnovers. Last week, the Tigers didn't give the ball away in error, which was huge as they'd had numerous turnovers in the previous weeks.
“We were our biggest enemy as far as turnovers were against Newton County and Northeast,” Black said. “It's very encouraging that we didn't have the turnover and we looked pretty secure with the ball.”
Clarkdale still waiting for first of 2013 heading into Week 5
The Clarkdale Bulldogs are still searching for that first win of the new season – and of last.
Southeast Lauderdale took a 40-7 win in Week 4, leaving Clarkdale looking for a rebound after a rough loss.
In Week 5, the Bulldogs will host Richton and head coach Wes Roy said he has been preaching to the team about staying resilient, because the hard work will pay off.
“I'm interested to see how we will respond in the game,” he said. “Practice has gone well … There really isn't no option other than working hard … If you quit and stop working hard, then you set yourself up for bad things.”
“What we tell them is, 'Worry about your attitude, your effort and your preparation.' And, they've done a really good job of doing that week.”
As for getting the win, Roy said the Bulldogs will need their defense to be as hot as ever and make blocks and tackles, while the offense uses their run game to rack up points.
“They've had a good week of practice, we'll see how it goes Friday,” he said. “We have to run the football to have success.”
- Sarah Moomaw