Six days ago, West Lauderdale fought tooth and nail to come out with a Week 6 win 32-27 over cross-county rival Southeast Lauderdale.
Late dramatics prevailed, but Knight head coach Stan McCain said all the team has moved on and only focused on knocking off an undefeated Leake Central for a homecoming win tonight.
"They gone forgot all about that, they concerned about all this Homecoming stuff," McCain said. "We just got to play well, play as hard as we can and see what happens."
The biggest worry for McCain is giving up points off turnovers, which has plagued them all season.
"If we don't turn the ball over, we have a chance to be in the ball game," he said. "We've done well this year when we haven't turned the ball over and when we have, we haven't done so well."
The Gators are bringing in an offense with a 158-40 point differential. McCain said the defense needs to kick into full gear to make clean tackles while the offensive line stays on blocks so the Knight offense has a chance to score.
"We have to take advantage of any opportunities we can get," he said. "We really don't depend end on just one guy … if our line has a good night, we'll be okay."
Tigers start district play
At Southeast Lauderdale, Week 7 brings Homecoming and the start of district play on Friday night.
The Tigers are fresh off a late loss to West Lauderdale, but are looking to bounce back strong and start the second half of the season on the right foot.
"They rebounded real good this week and had a good week of practice," head coach Charles Black said. "We've got district games now and ultimately that's going to decide our play off fate."
Both teams have had a rough first half – the Tigers are 2-4 while the Warriors are 1-5 – so both sides will be looking for a confidence boost to keep playoff dreams alive.
"It'd be huge [to win], because then you're 1-0, you build some momentum instead of starting off 0-1 in the hole," Black said.
However, he expects Choctaw to come in ready to play as they always do and believes they are well matched this season.
"We've been seeing real similar defenses lately and I think offensively, we match up pretty good with them," he said. "We're pretty familiar with what we're seeing … they want to really play good because they know they'll have a good crowd to play in front of."
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