RLS takes it back to the basics

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Red Level’s going back to the basics.

After coming off two shut outs where the Tigers lost 62-0 to Brantley in week one, and 54-0 to New Brockton in region action last week, head football coach Tony Ingram said the main focus this week is strictly on the team.

“The wheels have come off the bus for two weeks in a row,” Ingram said. “We’ve got to find internally what’s causing it. It looks like to me we get to a point and play hard and well, and when something goes wrong, we panic.”

Red Level will play host to Goshen this Friday night in its first home game of the season.

Ingram said the game of football hasn’t changed for a long time, and “fundamentals” are key at this point.

“We’re going to scale back and go back to the very basic fundamentals of football and start over,” he said. “The game of football is the same as it was 100 years ago. It always comes down to blocking and tackling — we’re not doing either very well.”

Ingram said he doesn’t remember the last time the Tigers suffered back-to-back losses this bad, and added the players have to realize that there are “ups and downs” each game.

“We have to understand that things are going to go wrong every game,” he said. “Everything is not going to go your way every game.

“I know there’s a good football team here,” he said. “It’s more tan Xs and Os. It’s all about heart and desire.”

Despite what is taking place in Red Level’s football program, Ingram said the team will continue to press on and try to get better.

“We’re just going to keep on keeping on,” Ingram said. “The crowds have been supportive and understanding. We hope to get some redemption Friday night.

“Win, lose or draw — we want to get better every week.”

Kick off in Red Level is at 7 p.m.