Tigers at Russell Co.Published 11:06am Thursday, November 1, 2012
No. 7 Dadeville High School suffered their first regular season loss in four seasons last week at No. 2 Central-Clay High School and ended at 34 game winning streak.
In what was a highly anticipated game for the Class 4A Region 3 title, the Tigers and Volunteers played a physical contest and if the brackets fall accordingly, the two squads might meet each other again in the state playoffs.
With the Region 3 games now behind them and the No. 2 seed locked up for the playoffs, the Tigers will go on the road in their season finale at Class 5A Russell County Friday night, a team that has already been eliminated from playoff contention in Class 5A.
“(Russell Co.) is a good athletic team that is basically going to be playing their playoff game this week,” said DHS head coach Richard White of the Warriors.
“They’ve got guys that can make plays and big guys to block so we’re ready for a good football game.”
Russell County has been outscored by their opponents 142-265 and won last week against Booker T. Washington at home.
After sputtering to only 41 points through the first six game of the season, the Warriors (3-5-1) scored 63 points three weeks ago against Marbury and 18 points against Valley two weeks ago.
Dadeville was shut down offensively for the first time in years last week against a strong Central-Clay defense, only throwing for 122 yards and finishing with -6 rushing yards against the Volunteers.
The Tigers (8-1) still have considerably strong stats so far this season with quarterback Kaleb Beck throwing for over 1,800 yards and accounting for 29 total touchdowns through the first nine games.
The status of Dadeville runningback C.J. Tolbert has changed this week as the tailback experienced a concussion last week in the fourth quarter vs. Central-Clay.
Tolbert has ran for a team high 758 yards and 13 total touchdowns.
“Going on to road for us and playing a bigger school before we go to the playoffs will be good for our guys,” said White, whose team will host a first round game in Tiger Stadium next week.
“Sometimes when teams play at home they get comfortable and our guys need to experience a strong road enviroment before we head into the state playoffs where anything can happen.”
Dadeville owns the all-time series lead at a 5-0 mark.
The Tigers are Warriors are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff tomorrow night at Corbett-Mitchell Stadium in Seale.