Aggies try to avoid let down at Ramsay
by LaVonte Young
The Sylacauga Aggies didn’t have a long time to reflect on their upset win over Briarwood last Friday.

The Aggies had a short turn around to prepare for their Thursday match up against Ramsay at 7 p.m. at Lawson Field.

“It has been an up-tempo week,” Sylacauga head coach Matt Griffith said. “The biggest thing is to get the kids to refocus on the next ball game. It was a big win for us on Friday night. The beauty of high school football is that there is always the next opponent that you have to get ready for.”

The Aggies face the Ramsay Rams, who are 0-2, 0-1. The Rams are coming off a 42-8 loss to Talladega last week. This is the Rams first season back on the varsity level since 1976.

“They are a brand new football program,” Griffith said. “Last year was the first year that they came back after years of not playing football. They have a lot of speed and they are just learning how to play. It is one of those things that you just don’t want to have a let down with your kids. You want to go down there, play well, do what you do and not beat yourself.”

The Aggies (2-0,1-0) offense racked up 357 yards of total offense including 297 yards on the ground. Ian Floyd and Hunter Johns led the Aggies 115 and 112 yard respectively. Griffith said he pleased with Aggies’ offense, but he said his team must cut down on turnovers.

“ We have to eliminate turnovers,” Griffith said. “I think we played very well up front. I think our quarterback is making really good decisions and our running backs are running hard. It is one of those things you want to get better as the weeks go on and offense has the tendency to do that. It takes a little bit longer offensively than it does defensively. As a whole, I am very pleased with where we are right.”

Sylacauga’s defense forced three turnovers last week against Briarwood including one in the fourth quarter to seal the upset.

“The biggest thing last week is that our kids had big stops when we needed big stops,” Griffith said. “We turned the ball over a couple of times and our defense came through for us. I think we are playing very well upfront. The secondary and linebackers keep getting a little better each week. That is the main thing we want to focus on, we have to get better each week.”

The Aggies will have to play their brand football and cut down on turnovers if they want to start the season 3-0 for the first time since the 2009 season.

“The biggest thing for us to win the football game is to go there and play really hard,” Griffith said. “We have to play like we are capable of playing and not go there and make mistakes.“

Kick off is set for 7 p.m. from Lawson Field in Birmingham.

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