2017-09-21 / Sports

Tigers to face Tattnall Trojans in homecoming game this Fri.

The Washington-Wilkes Tigers will emerge again this Friday when they return to action at Tiger Stadium for the 2017 homecoming game against Tattnall Square Academy. W-W is coming off a pair of losses, to higher class teams, but enters Class A competition against the undefeated Trojans. It promises to be another test for the new Tiger team.

Tattnall has beaten Wilcox County (49-28), East Laurens (29-8), and St. Anne-Pacelli (47-0) so far this year for an average score of 42-12. Washington-Wilkes has an average score of 22-26 against its opponents.

A team of Tiger coaches saw Tattnall play against St. Anne-Pacelli last Friday and Head Coach Chad Alligood reported that “they do a really good job of what they do. They run the Wing-T on offense and a four-man front on defense. They are coached up and are a really sound football team. They are going to present us a challenge.”

The Trojan offense is dominated by the running talents of Jamal Marshall (No. 2) and Destin Mack (No. 4). Marshall, a junior, weighs in at 6-3 and 190 pounds while Mack, a senior, is 6-1 and 185.

“They have a couple of good athletes on offense,” Alligood said of Marshall and Mack. “Their two wingbacks can score every time they touch the ball so we are going to have to really contain those guys and force them to go to somebody else.” He added that Marshall and Mack will be getting the ball the majority of the time and that the Trojans try any way they can to get the ball to them. “Most of the time it’s No. 2 and No. 4,” he said.

Alligood also reported that Tattnall runs the ball about 80 percent of the time. When they do throw it, he said “it’s a home-run throw, but they haven’t had to throw it much – but when they want to throw it, they can.”

There are no surprises with Tattnall’s defense and the Trojans don’t rely on stunts or tricky maneuvers. However, Alligood calls their defense really sound, in that “they just line up and play what they play.” They don’t stunt a whole lot, either, he said.

Neither is the team as big as it has been known to be, not counting some missing links in the online roster, the Trojans list only nine players over 200 pounds. And despite the fact that Alligood considers them not as athletic as they were, he says “their kids play hard and their two linebackers run around and make plays.

“Our game plan is for us to go out there and execute,” the coach continued. “There are some things we can do to take advantage of them on both sides of the ball. We’ve just got to go out and play one play at a time and execute. If we do that, I think we’ll come out on top.”

Something that may be to the Tigers’ advantage is their depth and the fact that no one plays both ways.

“I think our depth is going to be really, really huge for us,” Alligood said. “They [Tattnall] dress only about 32 kids and they are playing seven or eight guys both ways. If we can just keep it tight until the second half, I think our depth will take over.”

Neither does Alligood expect homecoming to be a distraction. “We’re going to keep the main thing the main thing,” he said.

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