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Straughn hosts region game

Straughn Head Coach Trent Taylor did not call Friday night's game against Central-Hayneville the most important game of the season. The game is being played at Straughn with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.

Friday's game, however, may be just that for the Straughn Tigers because it is the next game on the 2002 schedule and it is against a Class 3A, Region 1 opponent.

Central-Hayneville is 1-4 on the season and that makes the Lions dangerous because they are backed into a corner and playing for a chance to extend the season by advancing into the playoffs. A loss against the No. 4-ranked Straughn Tigers would all but end the hopes of postseason play.

Taylor did admit that he does not know much about this week's opponent.

"I don't know," Taylor said when asked what he expected. "We haven't gotten a film on them or anything."

Taylor has talked to other head coaches and knows a little about Central-Hayneville.

"They spread it out on offense and stuff like that," he said.

More important than what then Tigers will face is how they execute when it comes to Straughn football.

"We've spent this week working on the things we need to do," Taylor said. "We have to do a better job of making tough catches."

The Tigers were 1-of-7 on pass plays last week against Opp and Taylor said the receivers have to do a better job of adjusting and making catches, even if they are not perfect passes.

"What we've done is gone back and taken a lot of things out (of the game plan)," Taylor said. "We've gone back and put in the things we did well at the beginning of the season."

The goal is to play Straughn Tiger football and not worry too much about what Central-Hayneville will try to do, Taylor said.

If the Tigers can execute and play their game they will remain perfect in 2002 with a win to improve to 6-0 on the season and 3-0 in Class 3A, Region 1 play.