Tigers to bout with Brantley

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Red Level coach Tony Ingram said the Tigers will treat Brantley “like any other opponent” this Friday night in their season-opening game at Bulldogs Stadium.

“They’ve always got an aura about them,” Ingram said.

Red Level’s varsity team is coming off a 19-0 victory over Pleasant Home in its annual kick off classic, which was last Friday night.

Brantley is coming off a 28-20 loss to Highland Home — a region opponent for the Tigers.

After his team’s win last week, Ingram said he’d probably find “100 things” his team did wrong from the tape. He said that’s wasn’t the case.

“I found about 200,” he quipped. “We’re going in it like it’s the next game. In the scheme of things, the playoffs don’t matter, but we want to get better each week and win each week.

“If we execute and take care of the football, then we’ve got a shot,” he said.

Ingram said he’s fully aware that Brantley will be a good opponent this week for his Tigers, which was evident in the film he received from the Bulldogs’ jamboree game.

“When you watch the film, and don’t know the score, you think its Brantley who won the game,” Ingram said. “Ultimately, it isn’t the score of the game.

“I imagine they’re (Brantley) working pretty hard this week for us,” he said. “We have the unfortunate task of going to them right after they were disappointed.”

In the end, Ingram said the team is trying to get where Brantley has always been — “having that expectation to win each game.”

“They’re a very good football team,” he said. “They’re one of the elite football programs in the state. They’ve won a lot of games.

“We have to get to that point to expect to win,” he said. “A win here would be a huge boost going into the region.”

Kick off in Brantley is at 7 p.m.