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Tigers face tough foe Friday
Toughen up: Defensive coordinator Jeff Miller works with his defense as they get ready for their toughest opponent in the region, Camden County. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
Banged up and bruised but still victorious is how head coach Jim Walsh Jr. describes his Tiger team as they bask in their win against Savannah High (32-0) and look toward their toughest opponent in the region, Camden County.
Despite their win, Walsh said he was not pleased with the team’s execution Friday night. After the game, he told his players they needed to use the skills they are capable of if they want to defeat Camden County.
“The score may not reflect it but we played sloppy football on Friday,” Walsh said. “Our games against Camden are always close ones, but we need to perfect our execution or it will be a tough match.”
In a game where both teams were heavily penalized, it was the Tigers who were able to pull it together to capture the win.
The largest gain of the evening for the Blue Jackets came on two back-to-back penalties by the Tiger defense. The defense then stepped up their game and stopped the Blue Jacke’ running game.
By halftime, the Tigers had a 20-0 lead, forcing the Blue Jackets to play catch up and open up the passing game. But the Tigers’ defensive coverage was too strong for the Blue Jackets’ passing game and the passes were either broken up or incomplete.
In addition to execution, the Tigers are working on keeping players healthy after seven starters were banged up in the win against Savannah. All seven are probable right now for the Camden game.
“We lost seven that are now probable against Camden and we already lost two starters for the season earlier,” Walsh said.
The Tigers can also bask in the glory of knowing they clinched a berth and will move on to play in the post season.
“We are in regardless of winning or losing this Friday,” Walsh said. “Friday’s game will be more about placement and standings within the region.”
As it stands now, it looks like the Tigers will head to Valdosta for the first round of playoffs in the 3-AAAAA Region.
The Tigers face Camden County at Camden on Friday night. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

Freelance writer John Corrigan contributed to this story.
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