DHS hosts ChildersburgPublished 1:41pm Thursday, September 19, 2013
So far this season, offense has been easy to come by for the Dadeville Tigers (3-0, 2-0 in region).
The team averages more than 36 points and 400 yards of offense per contest.
With the Childersburg Tigers (3-0, 2-0 in region) coming to town, that vaunted offense may be tested, as Childersburg comes in having only given up 13 points all season. They’ve also pitched two shutouts on the year. Dadeville football coach Richard White said the defense’s performance is his primary concern.
“We’re trying to get better coverage out of our secondary,” White said. “We gave up 250 yards passing versus Elmore Co., which is a spread team like Childersburg. We can’t allow that many yards.”
Offensively, White said Dadeville would have to be able to take advantage of whatever Childersburg’s stingy defense would allow.
“If they box us, we have to be able to throw the ball,” White said. “If they drop six in coverage, we have to be able to run the ball. It all comes down to matchups, and if they are better than us, we won’t be able to move the ball regardless of what we try. We’ve got to play harder than we have been.”
White said he feels the emergence of the passing game last week would help make the offense more effective. Quarterback C.J. Tolbert was 17-of-26 for 210 yards with three scores versus Holtville.
“We need to throw the ball more,” White said. “C.J. does a better job in the pocket. When he rolls out, he can put pressure on a defense because of his ability to run, but we want him to sit in the pocket and find the receivers.”
If Dadeville defeats Childersburg, it allows the team to keep a share of the lead as it continues toward a region crown. White said that it was paramount that Dadeville continues its strong start to the season.
“A win against Childersburg puts us in a tie with Clay-Central.,” White said. “You never want to lose early because that puts us behind the eight-ball. You want to win as many as you can early. This is a big game for us, and I’m glad we’ve got them at home.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday night from Tiger Stadium at Dadeville High School.