RLHS, FHS vying for 1st victory

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Athone Stone catches a pass and cuts up field.
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The Florala Wildcats and the Red Level Tigers each look for their first win of the young season when they square off on in a Class 1A, Region 2 battle Friday night in Red Level.

“This is another region game and just another big game for us in general,” Florala head coach Scott Mason said. “We are getting better each week and we are hoping that this is going to be the our best game of the season so far.”

Mason said that the one thing he has looked for in his young team is for them to show improvements each week.

“Right now, we are just focusing on getting a little bit better each and every week,” Mason said. “We have been doing that so far, but we have to keep doing that each week. There are still plenty of things we have to improve on, and one of them is to play a complete game.”

Last week against Georgiana, Mason said he was pleased with the offense, but the defense still needs work.

“Overall, I was very pleased with how the offense played,” Mason said. “We threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns, but Georgiana’s run defense was stout. They blew us up on the inside, but we were still able to move the ball through the air. We just have to get better on defense, but that comes back to having 13-and-14-year olds trying to tackle 17-and-18-year olds. It wasn’t that we were in the wrong place. We just weren’t able to bring them down.”

While Red Level won’t provide the same challenges that the Wildcats saw last week against Georgiana, Mason said that the Tigers are still going to be a tough team to tame.

“One thing you notice watching them on film is that they play hard on every play,” Mason said. “They are a well coached team and they do some innovative things on offense. They have a really good running back and quarterback that is mobile. We have to be able to shut those two guys down, or they will beat you. We feel like if we can contain them, we will put ourselves in the position to be successful.”

Mason said that execution will be the key factor in the ball game.

“It all comes down to execution,” Mason said. “Somewhere along the line, our defense is going to have their night. We just have to focus on playing a complete game. These kids are excited to play another region opponent and they are still excited about what we are doing here. We are still getting better each week.”