Red Level looks to upset Brantley

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 18, 2015


Red Level (1-2, 1-0) opened up region play last week with a thrilling 41-12 victory over Florala and hope to build on that as they host Brantley (1-2, 1-1) tonight in Red Level.

Coming into the match, Brantley holds a 36-12 overall record against Red Level including a 47-0 win last season.

Red Level’s goals of making the playoffs are still very much intact and win tonight against Brantley would all but make the Tigers a shoe in to playoffs, according to the region standings.

Tigers’ coach James Wise said that this might not be a typical Brantley team that blows by every one en route to a state championship, but that the Bulldogs are still no team to take lightly.

“They have lost to two quality teams,” Wise said. “I wouldn’t say they are really down, but they may not be as good as they have been. They are still Brantley, though, and they won’t be easy.”

Wise said the key for the Tigers will be to limit the Bulldogs’ big plays and cut out dumb mistakes.

“If we don’t make dumb mistakes to give up big plays, I think we can keep it close and have a chance to win in the fourth quarter,” Wise said. “But if we let them, they can score quick and they can score a lot.”

While it might not be the perfection that he wants, Wise said the Tigers had a good week of practice in preparation for Brantley.

“We had a good week of practice,” Wise said. “Not perfect like I want, but it was a good week. We are starting to play better and the win last week helped build some confidence, but we are still a work in progress. We are on the right track, though.”

Wise said that Brantley has been throwing the ball a lot the past two weeks, but that he expects more of a rushing attack from the Bulldogs.

“They have been throwing the ball a good bit the past two weeks,” Wise said. “They have some good receivers and a good quarterback, but I think they are going to try to establish the ground game on us and then work passes of it. The old Brantley is what I’m expecting.”

Wise said that all the preparations are done and the only thing left to do is to strap up and see what happens.

“The kids are very excited,” Wise said. “It’s a big region game and we are heading back home with a one-game win streak. It might not be much, but it’s better than zero.”

Kickoff between the Tigers and Bulldogs will be at 7 p.m., at Bobby Dye Stadium.