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Tigers looking to smash some atoms
Brad JohnWEB
Execute: According to Tigers’ head coach Jim Walsh, simple plays and perfect execution will always lead to victory. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
“We need to continue to execute, that’s all there is to it,” Tigers’ football head coach Jim Walsh Jr. said when asked if he had a particular strategy in mind for Saturday’s away game against the Johnson Atomsmashers.
For Walsh simplicity and execution are the two components that lead to perfect football games and wins.
A former Johnson coach himself, Walsh has always said a team needs to focus on themselves and not an opponent, but he also understands the importance in analyzing an opposing team.
“The two things we know about Johnson is that they have a new coach this year and they have a quarterback who can throw effectively within the 30 to 35-yard range,” he said.
 Earlier this season, Walsh mentioned that having a new head coach at Johnson meant he wasn’t quite sure what kind of team the Atomsmashers would be this year.  
Johnson is struggling this season, currently 0-6 overall and 0-3 in the region but Walsh knows better than to simply discredit a team because of its record.
“If you don’t execute and you don’t show up to play football, you don’t win. We didn’t show up for the game against Jenkins two weeks ago and we got beat,” he said.
Johnson has allowed 268 total points against them this season and have only scored a total of 33. The Tigers have allowed only 94 total points and scored a total of 87 to date.
The strategy for the Tigers was to start their season against some of the toughest opponents in the state not just the region. This was to prepare them physically as well as mentally for the challenges they knew they would face on the road toward the playoffs.
The Tigers’ defense continues to play strong and has been cohesive throughout the season. Look for Sheldon Barnes to be the premiere running back for the Tigers’ offense. In last week’s victory over the Windsor Forest Knight it was Barnes barreling through the line for the first score of the game followed by other key offensive players like quarterback Josh Magaw and all around player Demario Day.
The Tigers will take the field against Johnson, Saturday night at 7:30 at Memorial Stadium in Savannah.
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