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DHS seeks consistency

Demopolis High head coach Tom Causey minces no words when he assesses his team’s week one performance and its week two opponent.

“Dang good football team looking for a region win,” he said plainly of budding rival Chilton County, who will come to call on Demopolis Friday night. “They’ve got a good defense back and it’s going to be a challenge for us.”

The series has seen the two squads clash in region competition the last two seasons, with Demopolis routing CCHS in 2008 before narrowly escaping from Clanton with a 21-14 victory in 2009. Much like last year, Causey does not expect everything to be peaches for the home standing Tigers this week.

“They like to run the football,” Causey said of the CCHS offensive approach. “They’ve got two A-backs that can fly, a fullback that is strong and a dang good athlete at quarterback.”

The good news for the reigning Class 5A champions is there exists some similarity between the Chilton County defensive scheme and that employed by Briarwood Christian, the team that downed Demopolis 23-13 in the season-opener last week.

“You get the same front, 4-3 Cover 4,” Causey acknowledged before explaining there will be very little advantage provided by that similarity. “We’re more concerned about getting us better. We’ve got to do a good job of executing our offense and our defense.”

By Friday night’s contest Causey and his staff will have taken a look at a number of offensive line combinations.

“We’re going to be rotating those jokers until we find the best lineup,” Causey said, emphasizing the team’s need to find consistency in the trenches before its offense can move forward.

Aside from the offensive front, the Tigers are also still in the process of identifying who will be their best players at the skill positions. DaMarcus James managed 97 yards rushing and 39 receiving despite being bottled up for much of the game by an aggressive Briarwood defense. While trying to find effective play from other spots on the offense, the Tigers saw flashes from receiver Logan Holley and A-backs Jerry Campbell and James Wilson.

“I don’t know if we’ve got anybody emerging or not,” Causey said. “We’ve got to be more consistent in everything we do. We’ve got a long way to go.”

The Tigers are also seeking consistency from a defense that started seven new faces last week.

“We made a few plays, but we’ve got to get better everyday,” Causey said. “We missed an awful lot of tackles. We’ve got to be more consistent making those plays and not giving up big plays.”

By Jeremy D. Smithjeremy.smith@demopolistimes.com

Demopolis High head coach Tom Causey minces no words when he assesses his team’s week one performance and its week two opponent. “Dang good football team looking for a region win,” he said plainly of budding rival Chilton County, who will come to call on Demopolis Friday night. “They’ve got a good defense back and it’s going to be a challenge for us.” The series has seen the two squads clash in region competition the last two seasons, with Demopolis routing CCHS in 2008 before narrowly escaping from Clanton with a 21-14 victory in 2009. Much like last year, Causey does not expect everything to be peaches for the home standing Tigers this week.“They like to run the football,” Causey said of the CCHS offensive approach. “They’ve got two A-backs that can fly, a fullback that is strong and a dang good athlete at quarterback.” The good news for the reigning Class 5A champions is there exists some similarity between the Chilton County defensive scheme and that employed by Briarwood Christian, the team that downed Demopolis 23-13 in the season-opener last week.“You get the same front, 4-3 Cover 4,” Causey acknowledged before explaining there will be very little advantage provided by that similarity. “We’re more concerned about getting us better. We’ve got to do a good job of executing our offense and our defense.” By Friday night’s contest Causey and his staff will have taken a look at a number of offensive line combinations. “We’re going to be rotating those jokers until we find the best lineup,” Causey said, emphasizing the team’s need to find consistency in the trenches before its offense can move forward. Aside from the offensive front, the Tigers are also still in the process of identifying who will be their best players at the skill positions. DaMarcus James managed 97 yards rushing and 39 receiving despite being bottled up for much of the game by an aggressive Briarwood defense. While trying to find effective play from other spots on the offense, the Tigers saw flashes from receiver Logan Holley and A-backs Jerry Campbell and James Wilson. “I don’t know if we’ve got anybody emerging or not,” Causey said. “We’ve got to be more consistent in everything we do. We’ve got a long way to go.”The Tigers are also seeking consistency from a defense that started seven new faces last week.“We made a few plays, but we’ve got to get better everyday,” Causey said. “We missed an awful lot of tackles. We’ve got to be more consistent making those plays and not giving up big plays.”