Demopolis undeterred by region loss

Published 10:02 pm Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tom Causey does not buy into the theory that the sky is falling. Neither do his players. The doomsday naysayers that seem to have targeted his program since the loss to Greenville last Friday night have done little to affect the Tigers’ demeanor.

“It’s a tough loss,” Causey said plainly of the 28-7 defeat. “We don’t feel like Greenville saw the best of what we could do. We’re disappointed in our performance all the way.”

Still, Causey understand that his team enters this week at 3-2 in Class 5A, Region 3 and just one win away from clinching the No. 3 seed.

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“A good bounce back week is getting back to playing Demopolis football,” Causey said. “And that’s playing full speed and attacking folks.”

The Tigers’ rebound opportunity comes Friday when they host Wilcox-Central. Despite the 0-8 overall record, Causey is careful not to take WCHS lightly.

“Their offense is definitely unique and they are very physical up front when they run that offense,” he said. “We’ve got to be careful with them because they are very dangerous and have good skill players.”

Despite the Greenville loss, Causey was pleased with some improvements his team made. For the better part of the season, DHS has struggled with various aspects of special teams play.

“I thought our special teams got better last week,” Causey said. “We’ve had new guys at every position on our special teams. We knew it was going to take the better part of the year to get it right. We just kept working and working and working and it is starting to pay off for us.”

While their playoff destiny will see the Tigers go on the road to face someone in the first round, Causey and his team are not discouraged, instead choosing to focus on Wilcox-Central and next week’s game with rival Thomasville as they prepare for postseason play.

“As long as our kids come to practice everyday willing to work, I’m looking forward to the next game, the next day,” Causey said.