The Road to State goes through Straughn

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Straughn Tigers are pumped up for their battle with Childersburg Tigers Friday night in Straughn for the first round of the AHSAA class 4A playoffs.


“Childersburg is not your typical first round opponent,” said Straughn head coach Trent Taylor. “They could have easily ended up the No. 2 seed.”


Straughn will have to go up against  big offensive and defensive lines this week against Childersburg.


“They have the same quarterback from last year, and he throws the ball really well,” said Taylor. ” They play out of the spread formation, and from what we have seen on film they want to run the ball, but they have the weapons if they need to throw it they can.”


Taylor said Childersburg has three or four wide receivers that have the ability to make plays on the ball.


“They have speed at all the skill positions, and that will be a test for us,” said Taylor. “I think this has potential to be one of the better first round games in the area due to Childersburg’s ability to make plays.”


Childersburg is coming off a 38-27 win against class 5A Lincoln, who won their region in 5A.


“Defensively they jump around in a couple of different fronts, one play they will be in a odd front then the next they will be in even, and from what we can tell there is no way to tell when they are going to change because they don’t change personal,” said Taylor.


Taylor said that presents a challenge,”Obviously there are things you run that look good against an odd front that don’t look good against and even, so we might have to check out somethings.”


Straughn is coming off a bye week last week. Taylor said that they did the same thing three years ago by accident because they couldn’t find a week 10 opponent, and it worked out in their favor. This year the plan from the start was to give the players that off week so that would have a chance to get healthy, and have a few extra days to focus on the opponent.


“We have had some good practices this past week,” said Taylor. “We didn’t go full pads last week, but there was a lot of energy at practice, and the kids seem to be excited.”


“The fact that there are only a couple of games close this Friday we expect to have a big crowd,” said Taylor. “I hope as we get closer to Friday we will see more excitement in the hallways, and in the community.”


The Straughn Tigers and the Childersburg Tigers will kickoff at 7 p.m. Friday night in Straughn.