RLS to face ‘huge’ obstacle

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Red Level’s Kentrell Ball (left) battles with a Brantley player last week. The Tigers will face New Brockton, a team with size, this week in its first region game of the season. | Kendra Bolling/Star-News

“They’re huge.”

That’s how Red Level head football coach Tony Ingram described the Tigers’ opponent New Brockton this Friday night.

“I think everybody’s bigger than us,” Ingram added. “I got a film of them and Pleasant Home playing in the spring. They’re as big as Pleasant Home. They’re athletic.”

Red Level is coming off a 62-0 loss to Class 1A powerhouse Brantley in its opening game of the season.

Ingram said looking at film from the game was the same as watching a “horror picture,” and that he hopes the team learned to never give up.

“I’d never seen a game come apart that quick,” he said. “It was a snow ball effect.

“I hope we learned to never quit,” he said. “I hate to say we quit, but we did. No matter how bad it gets, you’ve got to keep going on. We just got to a point in the game last week when we just gave up.”

The Gamecock’s size comes from both sides of the ball, and quarterback Chris Green, Ingram said.

“(Green) makes them go,” he said.

The big key for the Tigers this week is to sustain something on both sides of the ball, Ingram said.

New Brockton is coming off a one-point 20-19 loss to Providence Christian last week. Last season, the Tigers beat New Brockton to open region play.

“We’re going to their place, and that’s a disadvantage,” Ingram said. “Our (loss to Brantley) was a disadvantage for totally different reasons. There was a point in the first quarter when the ball got called back, and we just went to the shelves.

“(New Brockton) (was) very, very close to winning,” he said. “It’s a region game, and we beat them last year. They’ve got a lot going for them going into this.”

Thus far at practice this week, Ingram said the response has been good despite last week.

“It went a lot better than I thought (at practice on Monday),” he said. “I know our practice field is dry and dusty and hot. They responded very well.”

Kick off in New Brockton is at 7 p.m.