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Prowling for a title

Published 12:07pm Thursday, October 24, 2013

When the Dadeville Tigers host the Central of Clay County Volunteers, a lot will be on the line.
Dadeville enters the contest with a 29-game home regular season winning streak.
The winner of the contest will claim the Class 4A-Region 3 championship as well.
But for the Tigers, their pride may be at stake given last season’s 30-0 smackdown at the hands of the Volunteers. That loss ended what was at the time, the longest regular-season win streak in Alabama.
“We took it on the chin last year,” said DHS football coach Richard White. “Our kids played hard, and we were down 13-0 at halftime, but the wheels kind of fell off. Hopefully, we can play closer to the vest this time.”
Dadeville is coming into thi game with three straight shutouts, the most recent one a 40-0 smashing of Handley where the Tigers’ defense clearly ramped up its physicality. With the Volunteers running a smashmouth, ground-and-pound offense, White said the team needed to keep that edge heading into this game.
“(The Volunteers) run an offense that’s similar to Handley,” White said. “They throw a few more formations at you. The main difference is that Handley was running it with younger kids. Central-Clay has a bunch of seasoned veterans out there. But we’ve seen their offense, so it won’t be anything new to us. We’re going to need to continue to play physical.”
While Dadeville is assured at least one home playoff game, White and the Tigers want to make sure their road to Tuscaloosa is to their advantage.
“The most important thing is the region championship,” White said. “The team’s approach to it has been good. When you get closer to playoffs, you want the team to gel. The team has gotten a little better each week, and I think we’re close to where we want to be. We still have a ways to go.”
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Friday from Tiger Stadium.