Tigers to tango with Yellow Jackets

Published 12:02 am Thursday, October 20, 2011

Straughn may be out of the playoff hunt, but the Tigers aren’t giving up, head football coach Trent Taylor said.

“I’ve seen teams when they take a loss, give up,” Taylor said. “These guys haven’t done that. They’re still playing hard, and that’s the biggest thing.”

Last week, the Tigers’ chances at clinching a Class 4A state playoffs berth were dashed in Headland’s 24-13 victory on Straughn’s homecoming.

This Friday night, the Tigers (4-4, 2-4 in Class 4A, Region 2) will travel to play Ashford in their last region game of the season.

Ashford has senior quarterback Octavius Snell, who has completed 61 percent of his passes for 530 yards and one touchdown.

The Yellow Jackets line up in a double-wing formation, where there are two tight ends on the right and left side, along with two wings on the outside to get the ball going in short spurts.

On the ground, Ashford has Ladavion Williams, who has tallied 1,130 yards on 123 carries and scored 14 touchdowns this season.

“That scat back can go as well,” Taylor said about Williams. “Most of the time when they are in gun, this is the guy they get the ball to.”

Additionally, Taylor included Keyon Wilson as a threat on offense.

“They’ve just got a lot of athletes,” he said. “It’ll be a tough chore on our defense.”

Taylor said this will be the first time the Tigers will face a double-wing offense this season.

However, Straughn has had a good week at practice, Taylor said.

“We had a real good day Monday and a good day (Tuesday),” he said. “It’s still football season. They’re still preparing (for the game) like any other week.”

Kick off in Ashford is at 7 p.m.