Class 3A showdown

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 3, 2003

Bright red circles and every imaginable color of highlighter have to mark this week's game on the T.R. Miller Tigers' schedule.

T.R. Miller visited Straughn last season ranked No. 1 in the state and lost to the first-year Class 3A Straughn Tigers.

Revenge must be a motivating factor for the T.R. Miller players.

T.R. Miller Head Coach Jamie Riggs, however, downplayed last season's loss to Straughn.

"Last year, we gave up a big play and a turnover gave them a short field," Riggs said. "I know if we do the same thing we did last year we'll lose.

"The reason they won the game last year is they were a better team than we were at that time," Riggs added.

T.R. Miller began the 2003 season with a

Week 1 win against Escambia County and are once again ranked No.1 in Class 3A going into this week's game against Straughn.

Riggs said his team won its first game and that is what is important.

"We played OK," Riggs said about the game against Escambia County. "We won. Everything wasn't perfect, but we won."

Straughn Head Coach Trent taylor was upset after his Tigers' win against Pleasant Home last Thursday, but after reviewing the film felt a little better about his squad.

"The way things appear on the sideline is not always how they appear on film," Taylor explained. "But, there are still some things we need to work on."

This will be a big game because both teams are hungry for a region win in a very tough region.

Taylor went and watched T.R. Miller last Friday night and was impressed.

"They're probably the best team in 3A football," he said. "They looked good. They looked real good."

Taylor also said he expects a hard-fought battle on the gridiron Friday night in Brewton.

"I think you have two real good football teams playing," Taylor said. "They have a lot to play for. To be honest, I think T.R. Miller was a little embarrassed last year. They expected to win and their fans expected to win.

"They will play extremely hard," he added.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.