Raiders get break from district play on the road
The Lamar Raiders are getting a district play break this week when they travel to AA Simpson on Friday night.
Both teams are 6-1 with quality wins, setting up for a battle on the gridiron. The Cougars have won each other last four meetings, including last year's 28-15 decision.
“Simpson’s very good,” Lamar head coach Mac Barnes said. “We've not had a lot of success against them, so we know it's going to be one of our tougher games, but our guys have been playing well. I think they are looking forward to it.”
Barnes said Simpson is very physical team that tries to intimidate its opponents.
“You have to respond to that,” he said. “If they get on top of you, it's over. We just have to get out there leading … I believe in our guys and I believe they are ready to be that.”
Four of the Raiders last five games have been district games, so while the competition will be touch, it's a welcomed break from playoff implications.
“Every time you play a district game, the pressure is on you to win it,” Barnes said.
Last week's win 42-0 win over Columbia Academy may have already earned a playoff berth depending out other district games go this week.
Barnes said he has to rely on the team as a whole and doesn't ever expect just one playmaker to carry the team.
RCA gets another blast from the past in 8-man
The Russell Christian Academy football team will look to build on last weeks' 55-28 win over Tuscaloosa Christian as the host Tabernacle Friday night for Senior Night.
Last week, the RCA went back to last year's offensive dominance as they dropped back to the 8-man level to play Tuscaloosa.
Quarterback Jacob Howse led the way for RCA completing 13-of-18 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Arik Washington racked up 113 yards and a touchdown on the ground and 53 yards and a touchdown in the air, while Jesse Barksdale and Ashton Temple both caught for over 100 yards.
This week, the Warriors will stay at the 8-man level to face Tabernacle.
“It was good to get back in that offensive groove even though it was 8-man,” RCA head coach Nate Ballard said.
Tabernacle will run right at RCA using big fullback Tristan Castro up the middle. The Torches are 5-3 on the season. Ballard said he has not seen much tape on Tabernacle but will respect the Alabama 8-man contender.
Last week was the first time RCA had success stopping a power rushing attack. Ballard said the Warriors will need to play the same way this week if they want to come away with a win.
“Our tackling has slowly gotten better,” Ballard said. “It's slowly gotten better, and that's something we did well last week.”