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FINISH THE YEAR STRONG: Tigers not going to go down without a fight

The Straughn Tigers (2-6, 2-3) look to put up a strong fight on Friday night when they travel to Dothan to take on Providence Christian (7-1, 4-1).

“They are a pretty impressive team,” Straughn coach Jarrod Wooten said. “Their offensive line is as solid of a unit as we’ve seen all year. They are big and they get after it. I joked in our film session that I think they are even pulling the cheerleaders out there because they have people running all over the place. We know that we are going to have our hands full.”

The Tigers are currently on the outside looking in at the playoffs, but there is still a chance they could make the playoffs if they win their final two region games and get some help from a few other teams.

“We aren’t dead yet,” Wooten said. “The kids know that even though we have our backs against the wall, if we get two more wins we can put ourselves in the playoff picture. Right now, we still want to improve us because we know that we haven’t played to our full potential yet. We are going to continue to work and hope that we can play the way we are capable.”

Wooten said that it won’t be easy, but they can give Providence Christian a run for their money.

“We are going to have to have eye discipline on defense,” Wooten said. “We have to make sure that our eyes are in the right place. On offense, we have to be more physical, especially on the offensive line. We have to play a better game than we did last week. We know coming into this game that we aren’t going to be able to stop them all night. We are going to have to be able to score because they are capable of scoring a lot of points on a lot of teams.”

Last week’s game has to be something that the Tigers move on from, Wooten said.

“Last week, we made too many mistakes that cost us opportunities,” Wooten said. “There were too many times that we mentally checked out on plays. We can’t do that this week. We have to be mentally tuned in. There is no illusion that we are going to have to play lights out to have a chance.”

Wooten said that the Tigers are going to need a lot of fan support at the game.

“We need our Straughn folks to show up in Dothan and support these kids,” Wooten said. “These kids have been through a lot this year and they have continued to work hard to represent Straughn in the right way.”

Providence Christian and Straughn are set to begin at 7 p.m., Friday in Straughn.