White: ‘A lot at stake’Published 9:37am Thursday, October 18, 2012
Last week the Handley Tigers had a crack at Class 4A No. 2 Central-Clay High School, but were toppled by the Vols 38-0 at home in Roanoke.
With their backs against the wall this week in Region play, Handley (5-2) will be at Dadeville High School in a battle of Region powers tomorrow night at Tiger Stadium in Dadeville.
“We can’t let that score deceive us,” said Dadeville head coach Richard White of the Clay game.
“Handley is a much better team then that score indicates and Clay probably had something to do with that.
“We know Handley is a good ball team that will run right at us from different formations. We need to be solid upfront.”
White went on to add that Handley is one of the biggest offensive and defensive fronts Dadeville will see all season, although Handley is without top recruit and Alabama commitment Bradley Bozeman who suffered a knee injury earlier this season.
The match-up between Bozeman and Dadeville defensive star Rod Crayton was one of the most anticipated in Class 4A this season.
Handley is known for running the football and is sure to find ways to capitalize on the Dadeville defense when they can.
Dadeville had trouble stopping the run in week five against Tallassee, as Handley is sure to be aware of being that their head coach Mike Battles Sr. is the father of Tallassee head coach Mike Battles Jr.
“We’ve got to play mistake-free football and make sure we have our gap responsibilities covered,” White said.
“Their runningback is a good player and when we have him wrapped up, we’ll need to take him to the ground and finish the play.”
Although Handley is strong offensively, Dadeville has it’s offensive strengths as well with the Tigers averaging 38 points per game heading into tomorrow nights showdown.
“Establishing ourselves offensively will be big for us because we want to control the clock and try and exploit some of their lack of depth,” said White, who sat out tailbacks C.J. Tolbert and Mike Miller, as well as defensive back Jessie Foster Jr. last week to prepare them for the final Region stretch of this season.
“It’s not going to be a 7-0 ball game and we want to have the ability to run and pass and have as much success as we need to have on the offensive side of the ball.”
Dadeville senior quarterback Kaleb Beck leads the local area in passing yards with 1,433 and 25 total touchdowns through the first seven weeks and Dadeville fans hope that play continues tomorrow night.
Plenty is on the line tomorrow night at Tiger Stadium.
With a win, Dadeville will set up a Class 4A Region 3 championship game with Central-Clay next week on the road.
“All of the guys understand how big this two week stretch is for us and the rest of our season,” White said.
“There is a lot at stake (tomorrow) night and we’re ready for it.”