Talladega looks to improve 3-0 at John Carroll
by LaVonte Young
The Talladega Tigers travel to take to Birmingham to take on region foe John Carroll tonight at 7 p.m.

“It is going pretty well,” Talladega head coach Christopher Mahand said.”It could have been a little more up-tempo, but I have been pleased with the work the boys have put in this week.”

Talladega (2-0,1-0) defeated Ramsay 42-8 last week in their season opener. The Tigers as well as the community are excited about their good start, but Mahand knows those two wins don’t been anything if they don’t accomplish their goals.

“They are excited about being 2-0 considering that is the first time that Talladega has been 2-0 since 1989,” Mahand said.” Like I told them during practice this week five years from now if you only win two ball games it is not going to matter of you won the first two or the last two. The only thing people are going to remember is 2-8. We have to continue to get better and not be satisfied with just going 2-0 since 1989. We are trying that hasn’t been done in Talladega in a while go 10-0 and we are trying do some thing that hasn’t been done in some time, which is go to the playoffs.”

John Carroll (1-1,1-0) defeated Shelby County 37-15 to earn their first win of the season. The Cavilers returned three interceptions for touchdowns in their win.

“ John Carroll is a well disciplined team,” Mahand said. “They run the option so you are going to have to be well disciplined to stop the option. They are very good at what they do. They are athletic defensively. They fly to the ball defensively and they run their offense well. It is definitely going to be a challenge this week. Being on the road against a good team like John Carroll we know that we are going to have to play good football.”

For the second week in a row, Mahand was pleased with the performance of his offensive line and his defense.

“I am impressed with my defense,” Mahand said. “ They have only given up six points last week. I have been thoroughly impressed. Coach Cochran is doing an outstanding job with the defense. Offensively, I have been real pleased with my offensive line. The skill guys get the credit, but it is the offensive line that opens up the holes for them. They don’t get enough credit.”

Mahand said executing and limiting their mistakes is going to be vital if they are going to improve to 3-0.

“We just have to execute,” Mahand said. “We are getting to the point now if we just play good football we can win the football game. We have to limit our turnovers and limit our mistakes. I believe we have a good football team and we can football with any one if we just execute.”

The Cavaliers lead the series 4-3. John Carroll won 28-7 in their last meeting in 2009.

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