Red Level plays No. 3 Oakman

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 14, 2003

Oakman is a perfect 11-0 on the season and ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 2A.

The Red Level Tigers are 9-2 on the season and are not ranked in the Alabama Sports Writers Association Poll. Tiger fans, however, are enjoying one of the best seasons in the history of the school's football program.

No Red Level football team has ever won 10 games and the last time the Tigers recorded 9 wins was 19 years ago in 1984.

The Tigers have an opportunity to record the most wins in a season than any team before them, but it will not be easy.

The Oakman Wildcats are explosive on offense with a high-octane passing attack.

"They score a bunch of points," Red Level Head Coach Tim Grimes said. "Most of the time they are in the shotgun. I'd say they are in the shotgun 90 percent of the time and they have a 6'3", 210-pound quarterback who is just a junior. They have scored an average of 40 points a game and give up just 20."

Grimes said the Wildcats have been successful this season becuase of a good talent level and tremendous execution.

"They are very well coached and are not going to make mistakes to beat themselves," he said. "They do what it takes to win."

The Wildcats usually score a lot of points, but in at least two games they pulled out wins by slim margins. It is not east to go undefeated no matter which teams are on the other sideline, Grimes said.

"You have to be good to be 11-0, but you also have to have some luck," the Red Level coach said.

Grimes used a little "coach-speak" when asked what the Tigers need to do to get a second-round playoff win by saying "the best defense is a good offense."

"We have to go up there and keep the ball and keep their offense off the field," Grimes said. "We have to run the ball and eat up the clock. When they get the ball, we have to get after their quarterback, He has a big-league arm.

"We're goiung to try and run the clock," he added. "We're going to run our offense. We're going to give it to (Larry) Hudson, (Evan) Kervin and (Princeton) Ryce behind those linemen and run the ball."

It will be a long trip for the Tigers, but it is one Grimes said he hopes the fans make this Friday.

"We'd like to have a big crowd up there. They (Oakman) are bragging about how big of a crowd they'll have," Grimes said.