Bring on the Wolverines

Published 7:06 pm Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Tigers (1-2) were back on the practice field Tuesday following what head coach Tom Causey considered a strong practice Monday. Demopolis faced the difficult task of putting away the frustration of week three’s difficult loss in order to focus on what is potentially among the biggest games of its season.

“I don’t know if you ever get over a loss,” Causey said. “Our kids are resilient. They came in Sunday afternoon ready to be coached and critiqued. They came in Monday had a great practice.”

Even though his team’s record is not where he would like it to be, Causey said that the Tigers were able to learn from their mistakes of last week.

“I think any time you get a loss, you learn a little more from that than you do a win,” Causey said.

One of the chief things Causey and his staff are working to correct are the inconsistencies on offense that were revealed first during the season-opening 12-7 loss to Wetumpka and then during the last week’s 20-14 defeat at Fayette.

“The inconsistency is coming with misreads and missed assignments,” Causey said. “Hopefully we don’t make those same mistakes on Friday.”

A primary hindrance in the Tigers’ offense is its inability to find a rhythm in the passing game. Senior quarterback Rick Boone posted a 6-for-17 night last Friday after hanging up similar percentages during the season’s first two games.

“We have to go get the ball whether it’s our fault or his,” junior receiver Larry Cobb said. “We haven’t really been trying to go get the ball. That’s why everybody has been blaming Rick. But we’ve got to go get the ball. Every dropped pass is the receiver’s fault whether it touches his hand or not.”

Should Demopolis be able to upgrade its passing attack, the Tigers will be better able to hang with a Carver team that has posted 148 points en route to a 3-0 start to the season.

“They’re 3-0 for a reason. They’ve scored 148 points for a reason,” Causey said of the former 6A school that now calls 5A, Region 3 home. “They’re a good football team.”

Causey said he anticipates the Wolverines will look to establish their ground game before putting the ball in the air.

The game, originally scheduled for Thursday night at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, has been rescheduled to Friday and relocated to Wetumpka.

Reportedly, Demopolis High School students will be participating in the exit exam Friday and the change in date was made to better accommodate that event. The game had to be relocated because Cramton Bowl will host Sidney Lanier and Jeff Davis Friday night.