“We’ve had a pretty good week,” Sylacauga head coach Matt Griffith said. “ Labor Day practice was good, but pushes your ninth and tenth grade to Tuesday, which messed the kids’ routine up a little. All in all we have had a pretty good week. The kids are coming off a win so that’s always a positive and they have a little pep in their step. They are very anxious to play Briarwood at home. I think they are looking forward to it.”
The Aggies (1-0) went to Blount County and defeated Hayden last week 35-21.
“ We knew Hayden was going to be big and physical,” Griffith said. ”I think we under estimated how physical they were in the first half. We were very fortunate our kids were in as good a shape as they were. They really came out in the second half and wore Hayden down. I think that was the difference in the ball game. Basically, our kids up front were in really good shape and started making their blocks. We made a lot of mistakes and hope to get those corrected going into Week 2.”
Briarwood (0-1) lost to Eagles Landing of out Georgia 32-7 last week. The Lions lost 40 seniors from last season’s team, but Griffith knows that Briarwood is going to be Briarwood.
“The thing about it is people can say what they want to, but Briarwood is Briarwood,” Griffith said. “ They got a good staff and they are always going to be well coached. It does look like they have the offensive linemen that they have had in the past, but defensively they are always so sound. You can’t make a lot of mistakes and beat a Briarwood team. Briarwood does such a good job of capitalizing on the mistakes you make. To beat a team like Briarwood you must play mistakes free football and you have to capitalize on their mistakes.”
The Aggies’ players have been looking forward to this match since the summer. Griffith knows that defeating the Lions is going to be a tough task.
“We have played them know going on seven or eight years,” Griffith said. “It is one of those things where our kids really want to get a win against Briarwood. People talk about it all the time, but that is easier said than done. There are a lot of teams across the state that would love to get a win against Briarwood, but it has been difficult over the last seven, eight, nine years. They have had an outstanding program. I think it is going to be two pretty good football teams meeting on Friday night and the one that makes the less mistakes is going to win.”
Kick off is set for 7 p.m. from Legion Stadium in Sylacauga.