RLS to face speedy McKenzie in region contest

Published 12:00am Tuesday, September 11, 2012

At the top of Red Level’s “to do” list this week in practice is working on “snaps,” Tigers head football coach Tony Ingram said.

Snaps were one of the Tigers’ down fall during last week’s 44-32 region loss to Pleasant Home, the coach said.

“I thought we played hard the whole game Friday night, but not particularly well,” Ingram said. “What happened is what I was afraid would happen. We’d get the ball and get behind their linemen. Then, they’d stop us in key situations.

“Offensively, we scored enough points, but we’d get a good drive going and have a bad snap and have something happen at the time,” he said. “We switched back to the shot gun. That’s part of the danger of the shot gun is the snap. Nothing works until you get out of the snap.”

Ingram said he’s not blaming the players at all for what happened last week.

The Tigers (0-2, 0-1 in Class 1A, Region 2) will play host to McKenzie (1-1) this week to start a three-game homestead at Bobby Dye Stadium.

MHS beat Georgiana 54-28 last week, but lost to Highland Home in its season opener.

MHS has sophomore quarterback Terrance Clemmons, who is a first-year starter, at the helm of its offense and can be elusive with the ball on the run, according to reports from The Greenville Advocate.

Ty Adams, a sophomore running back, likes to run between tackles.

An additional weapon for MHS is Nicarius Peterson, a junior wide receiver, who likes to get the ball on “end-arounds.”

Last week, Peterson scored a 99-yard touchdown on a such a play.

“Defensively, they’re going to present a different challenge than Pleasant Home,” Ingram said. “They have a lot of deception and speed. It’s going to be a different approach.

“They’ll spread you out with a spread offense and you’ve got to make sure you’re where you’re supposed to be,” he said.

Other than snaps, “tackling” is also on the practice list this week for RLS, Ingram said.

“We’re delivering the blow,” he said. “It’s not a lack of effort, it may be just a lack of focus. That’s our (the coaches’) job to make sure they do that.”

Ingram made it clear that his team’s goals are still intact for the season.

“In this sport, you can’t keep your head down because Friday night will be here before you know it,” he said. “All of our goals are still there. The ultimate goal is to get to Auburn. You’ve got to get to the playoffs first. Were 0-1 in the region, and basically every game other than two, have playoffs implications.

“We’re just going to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get back on the horse,” he said.

Kick off in Red Level is at 7 p.m. Friday.

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