KEEPING UP THE MOMENTUM: Red Level looks to pick up another region win

Published 12:05 am Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Red Level Tigers (1-1, 1-0) hope to pick up another region win when they host the Pleasant Home Eagles (0-2, 0-1) on Friday night in Red Level.

“This is a big game for us,” Red Level head coach Kenny Skipper said. “Not only is it a rivalry game, but more importantly is that it is a region game. I think the kids understand that and we want to continue to get better every week.”

Skipper said that they have been working hard to prepare for Friday’s game against Pleasant Home.

“It has not been a bad week,” Skipper said. “We had a short day yesterday because it stormed on us so today was a little bit longer because we had a lot of stuff that we had to work on. Despite that, it’s been a pretty good week this week.”

Skipper said that his team will be prepared for what Pleasant Home will do on Friday night.

“They run a shotgun offense that is kind of like Wing-T,” Skipper said. “Their offense goes through Brenden Douglas. He runs the ball hard and we have to know where he is on the field at all times. They are a lot like us in that they want to run the football. We are going to have to take care of our responsibilities on defense because they really get after it.”

Creating turnovers is something that Skipper said will be important this week.

“Last week we did a good job of creating turnovers,” Skipper said. “We have to keep that up and continue to fly to the football.”

Playing a rivalry game is always exciting, Skipper said.

“It doesn’t take much to get them excited for this game,” Skipper said. “It’s Pleasant Home week and we are back at home. Last time we were at home was against Zion Chapel and it didn’t go well. They have a bad taste in the mouth and we want to get rid of that this week.”

Skipper said the players have been pumped up all week at practice.

“The intesity has been better than it was last week,” Skipper said. “We are excited to be back at home and get back on our field. We had a big crowd travel with us last week to McKenzie and we hope all of those people and more show up to support this team on Friday night in Red Level.”

Red Level enters the game with a one-game win streak after knocking off McKenzie 12-8 last Friday in McKenzie.

The Tigers opened the season with a 40-33 loss to Class 2A Zion Chapel.

Pleasant Home is seeking its first win of the season after falling to Elberta 27-18 to start the season and then losing to Elba 28-14 last week.

Kickoff between Red Level and Pleasant Home is set for 7 p.m., Friday night in Red Level.