Looking to stay on the right track

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Straughn Tigers (1-2, 1-0) look to pick up another region win as they prepare to take on Slocomb (1-1, 1-0) Friday night in Straughn.

“I felt like the boys played really hard last week,” Straughn head coach John Higgins said. “We made a lot of plays all over the field and we never gave up. We were down by nine points twice and came back. After getting beat pretty good the first two weeks, I was proud of the way we fought last week.”

This week, Higgins said the Tigers face a tough Slocomb team.

“They are a very good team,” Higgins said. “We are going to have to play better than we did Friday. We are going to learn from Friday. There are still some mistakes that we have to clean up. We had three 5-yard penalties on wide receivers last week and that shouldn’t happen during the whole year.”

Higgins said the Tigers are in the position win more region games.

“The main thing we are stressing is that we have the opportunity now to win another region game,” Higgins said. “Now we will see if we seize the opportuntiy or watch it go by the wayside. If we continue to improve and get tougher we are going to be all right. We have the chance to be a pretty good football team. We will see how we react to a big win. It helps our confidence.”

Slocomb holds a 4-3 record over Straughn and won last year’s game 32-10.

Slocomb is 1-1 on the year after losing to Cottonwood 14-7 to start the year and then beating Wicksburg 14-13.

Kickoff between Straughn and Slocomb is set for 7 p.m., Friday.