Red Level looks for 1st win, Florala aims to get better

Published 12:01 am Thursday, October 4, 2012

Florala’s Ray Hall (left) checks with the line judge whether or not he is on or off side during the Pleasant Home game. Red Level’s Dee Tolbert rushes for a gain during an earlier game this season. The Tigers are looking for a win. | File photos

One team is looking for its first win of the season, while the other looks to get better.

Red Level and Florala will square off tomorrow night in a county rivalry battle at Mathews Stadium in region action, where the Wildcats will hold their homecoming.

FHS enters the annual school celebration game with a 2-3 record. Red Level is 0-5.

The Wildcats beat J.U. Blacksher 56-15 in Uriah, and the Tigers fell 34-14 to Samson last week.

“Red Level will be a quality opponent,” FHS coach Justin Jones said. “We have to play our best football hard for four quarters, and have no turn overs.

“We have to play relentless on defense to be successful Friday night,” he said.

Last Wednesday, RLS coach Tony Ingram left school for health reasons and found himself in the intensive care unit at Andalusia Regional Hospital on Thursday.

Ingram said he went to Dothan on Friday to have some tests performed and that he doesn’t know why he had to leave school. He’ll have to go back to Dothan for some additional tests next week.

When asked if he plans to be at tomorrow’s game, Ingram said “that’s my goal.”

“It’s another big one,” Ingram said. “It’s kind of a county rival. We’re struggling right now.

“They’re doing a good job of what they’re doing down there,” he said. “I haven’t had a chance to look at them a whole lot being laid up. The coaches have done a good job of preparing our kids.”

Ingram said he hasn’t been to practice since last Wednesday.

The Tigers are looking for a win this season and Ingram said they are preparing for this week’s game like it was another week.

“You’ve got to prepare for it like it’s the next game,” he said. “We’re not going to do anything different. We’re trying to get out of this hole.”

The Wildcats are still looking to play their best game this season.

“We are hungry to see our young men play the best football that they can play,” Jones said.

In fact, if FHS wins these next four region games, then it could possibly be in the playoff hunt.

FHS, like Red Level, is taking the season “one game at a time,” Jones said.

“Winning is always a positive, but we can’t look ahead to the next few weeks,” Jones said.

In spite of having not won a game this season, Ingram said his players are still coming to practice to work hard on getting better.

“We’re preparing for this one just like anybody,” the Tigers’ coach said. “It’s not desperation I would say. These kids come to work, and from what I’ve seen of them, they’ve got a good attitude this week. We’re going to go down and play as hard as we can play.”

Kick off in Florala is at 7 p.m. tomorrow.