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Big Cats scrap in Kingsland tonight
Patty Leon / Coastal Courier Cat’s meow: The Tigers prepare to face their toughest opponent yet in the region. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
The battle between the big cats happens in Kingsland tonight as  the Tigers travel to play the Wildcats at 7:30.
Both teams have clinched berths in the post season but for the Tigers the game will be a test of their strength. The Tigers will attempt to give the Wildcats their first regional loss.
This is a tough challenge as the Wildcats are 8-1 overall and 6-0 in the region. The Wildcats are averaging 42.6 points a game and have scored 383 total points. They’ve only allowed 34 points scored against them.
Using head coach Jim Walsh’s usual approach to games, the Tigers spent the week perfecting themselves and recuperating as seven players were injured in last week’s game against Savannah.
“I always say we need to worry about ourselves and get our execution right,” Walsh said. “If we continue to do that, then the game will fall into place. I told the players last week I thought we executed poorly against Savannah. Although the score didn’t reflect it, we played sloppy and there is no excuse for it. If we play like that against a team like Camden, then it’s all over.”
Camden County is the reigning 3-AAAAA Region champion — a title they have since 2001. They are the Georgia State 5A Champions of 2003.
The Tigers are 5-4 overall and 5-1 in the region. They have scored 217 total points averaging 24.1 points a game. But unlike Camden’s 34 points, the Tigers have allowed 100 points scored.
Walsh also said the team would focus solely on Camden before they begin to prepare for the first round of post-season action. Right now, the likely first round draw will be against Valdosta.
“It looks like we will be drawing Valdosta, which is good,” he said. “They are another strong opponent and we are looking at possibly playing them earlier in the season next year.
Walsh and the Tigers like to start their season against some of the toughest opponents in the state, not just the region. Walsh says it makes the players more physically and mentally prepared. By the time they play against regional opponents, the team is ready.  
The Tigers’ only regional loss was to Jenkins this season, primarily due to Jenkins’ stellar running back and Florida Gator bound Franklin Green.
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