UMS coach says mistakes key tonight

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 21, 2003

The (11-1) UMS-Wright Bulldogs come to town tonight and for head coach Terry Curtis this game could come down to who makes the fewest mistakes. "We have to hope that they will make mistakes and in order for us to win we must capitalize on those mistakes," Curtis said.

Judging from the fact that the Tigers have done a great job of making plenty of mistakes thus far in the playoffs. It looks like Curtis will get that opportunity. But the next question is can the Bulldogs turn Tigers mistakes into a Bulldog’s win?

There are none that will doubt the utter strength of this Tigers defense, not even Curtis, who knows that going up against this defense will prove to be the greatest challenge for his Bulldogs this season. "We have got to be able to run the football to have a good chance at this thing. They have a great defense that is not only quick but also hard hitting," Curtis said.

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And speaking of defenses, the Bulldogs have had to make some serious changes this year to their lineup but are still having a little trouble wrapping up. "We have added ten new faces on defense. After last year we felt that we needed more speed on defense so we changed some things up. I have just felt that this year we have had some tackling issues and we have not done a great job in that department," Curtis said.

But was has worked for the Bulldogs is their kicking game which is deadly form inside the 40-yard line. Bulldogs kicker, Andrew Friedman has got a leg and uses it often.

Friedman is 10-of-12 in field goals this season with his longest being from 46-yards out. And while the Tigers defense has only given up 42 points this season. It will be hard to keep the Bulldogs from at least getting three with their kicking game come Friday night.

Having a kicking game that can be used as an extra weapon sure makes things easier on the field and along with their other deadly weapons the Bulldogs look to be indestructible.

Not only does Curtis think very highly of his own quarterback but he also likes what he sees in the young Demopolis quarterback

"Devin is real smart kid and I think he resembles his brother a lot, who I thought was one of the best quarterbacks in the state of Alabama last year."