DHS faces top program

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 23, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &8212; In the group&8217;s first season under head coach Tom Causey, The Demopolis High School Tigers are putting their grasp of the newly implemented system to the test against a top program in the state in the Thomasville Tigers tonight.

Causey said he knows the game is a tough match up right out of the chute for his team, as they work to finish learning the systems he and his coaching staff have worked to put in place during the spring, summer and preseason workouts and practices. He said it will provide both him and the staff an opportunity to look for the two most important aspects they want in players in the program.

Causey said he is looking for the players that are striving for perfection and continue to work hard after a slip up. He said practice can only show so much, and players react differently to mistakes and other situations once they are out on the field.

Causey also said the group isn&8217;t going to get fancy during the jamboree. Instead, he said they will stick to running the base packages on offense and defense.

Rather, Causey said the game is a way to gauge the group&8217;s performance and knowledge of the new system. Though the coaches will be able to analyze the offense and defense, Causey said the special teams work, which his groups use aggressively to cause turnovers, won&8217;t see much action during the game.

Causey said there will not be blitzes or returns on the punts either, during the game, though field goals and point-after-touchdowns will be live. He said it would be beneficial if his group could get more special team work during the game, but said there will still be plenty to analyze for the other units.