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All Geared Up

Published 11:46am Thursday, August 30, 2012

For the first time in years, due to Hurricane Isaac, the Dadeville vs. Reeltown football game will be played this coming Friday night instead of the usual Thursday meeting.
But that won’t slow down the intensity for the two teams when they take the field.
“I know that Reeltown is going to want to come in here and hit us in the mouth and expect to win the game,” said Dadeville head coach Richard White, who with a win Friday night can make school history as one of the only other teams to beat Reeltown five straight years, the last of which was from 1979-1983.
“We aren’t thinking about the streak, we just want to go out and play our ‘A’ game. (Reeltown) plays a physical brand of ball and we’ve got to establish the run early and try to spread the field off of that.”
The Tigers come into the game tomorrow night after a less than impressive showing in their spring jamboree against Horseshoe Bend last Friday.
“The only thing that we took out of that was that we looked bad,” White said.
“I’ve stressed to the guys about being focused and accepting the challenge against a worthy opponent and play their best football.”
Reeltown head coach Jackie O’Neal has similar thoughts about the contest, as the Rebels aren’t focused on possible history being made from Dadeville’s side.
“I didn’t even realize the streak until earlier in the week,”  O’Neal said.
“We’re going down there to win the game, just like we did the past four seasons, but we’ve just gotten beat.
“I don’t think about good or bad streaks for us, because every game and every season is different.”
As far as the actual battle on the field, the Tigers and Rebels both have their own game plans to try and snag a victory Friday night.
Dadeville will try and establish the running game with tailbacks Jamal Crayton and C.J. Tolbert, while then looking to pass the ball when able.
“I want us to be a run first team,” White said.
“We are going to need to be physical and have some swagger about us.”
The Rebels will stick to the same plan that has gotten their program where it currently is.
“If (Dadeville) beats us, they are going to have to beat us playing our own game,” said O’Neal of his ground-and-pound game plan that features runningbacks Tywone Stewart, James Smith and Jim Parks.
“(Dadeville) is different up front from what they were last year, and they have had some young guys step up and play well.
“It’s going to be a good one, our kids are ready for it.”
The Tigers and Rebels are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff tomorrow night at Tiger Stadium in Dadeville.