Straughn preps for region play

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 1, 2016

Brock Hammett put up huge numbers Friday night against Brantley.

Brock Hammett put up huge numbers Friday night against Brantley.

The Straughn Tigers (1-0) look to continue their strong start to the season when they host the No. 3 ranked Opp Bobcats on Friday night in Straughn.

“You can look at it one of two ways, either as having bad luck to start out region play with one of the best teams, or you can look as it as opportunity to get after them early in the season,” Tigers head football coach Chris Wilson said. “They are a very good team, and they are going to be one of the best teams in our region.”

Wilson said that the Tigers need to focus on containing the Bobcats explosive offense.

“They have a good running back and Orlando (Lacey) offers them an additional running back from quarterback position,” Wilson said. “We have to be able to keep them contained, but they can also beat you with the pass. I feel like our it works better for us if we force them to throw the ball more.”

Wrapping up  the ball carriers is something that Wilson said is going to be key for the Tigers this week.

“We have to do a better job of tackling and getting around the ball a little more,” Wilson said. “Our defense has to improve. We gave up a lot through the air last week, but probably won’t be facing any more quarterbacks like that this season.”

On offense, Wilson said that Straughn must take care of the football.

“Taking care of the football is top priority,” Wilson said. “If we limit the mistakes and not hurt ourselves, I think we have pretty good shot.”

The Tigers and the Bobcats will kickoff Friday at 7 p.m., at Tiger Stadium.