C’burg a win away from clinching playoff berth
by LAVONTE YOUNG
CHILDERSBURG- Adam Fossett and the Childersburg Tigers control their own destiny going into Friday’s game at Dallas County. For the Tigers, it is a simple equation - win and you are in. A win puts the Tigers into fourth seed of Class 4A Region 3, because they defeated Elmore County and Beulah, which gives them the tiebreaker.

“We have to worry about ourselves and what we can control,” Fossett said. “ The kids have bought in and they have done what we have asked them to do. Our numbers are where you would think them to be for a 4A as far as the numbers of kids dressing out. We are dressing out about 38 kids. We are the few and the proud. The kids are doing a good job. Last week was a huge win for them and for the community.”

Last week’s come from behind victory kept the Tigers (3-4,2-3) postseason dreams alive. Zack Lightsey drove the Childersburg offense 88-yards for the game winning score.

“I told myself after I threw an interception the drive before if we got the ball back we were going to drive down the field,” Lightsey said. “Our defense stopped them, we got it back. It was real exciting.”

Leaders are beginning to emerge in the Childersburg locker room. Fossett said his upperclassmen are playing a huge role in the success that they’ve had so far.

“We’ve had some of our older guys step up,” Fossett said. Our quarterback did a great job in the 2-minute drill to get the score and to win the game. Some leaders are starting to come out. Kendarius Calhoun is becoming a big leader for us. Zach Lightsey is becoming a leader for us and Frank Wilkerson. The play of senior DJ Jones has picked up. The play of Courtney Reynolds has picked up. We have three seniors and they are doing everything they can to make sure that they are successful. To be able to make the playoffs is a huge feat after the last couple of years that they have had. They are looking forward to it and they know that it’s out there.”

Being inexperienced in big game situations is something that the Tigers are going to try to overcome on Friday. Fossett said he had to talk to the team on Monday about what’s at stake.

“It makes it a little tough at times,” Fossett said. “Yesterday at practice was kind of down. We weren’t very crisp and they made a lot of mental mistakes. We had to explain to them it’s not in the bag, we have to go out and take care of business. We still have ball games to win to make sure that we do seal the deal on this thing. We have to take care of what we can control. As coaches we have to put them in the best position as possible and when Friday night gets here we will see what happens. My concern is if they press too much they will make mistakes off just worrying about the winning part of it. The key is to execute, if we execute everything else will take care of it self.

Childersburg leading rusher Kendarius Calhoun said the Tigers are looking forward to the challenge of going on the road to take on Dallas County with something at stake.

“We know how close we are and we just got to finish,” Calhoun said.

The junior believes this year’s team is different than the teams in the past, because the team is a lot closer.

“Now, everybody has something to believe in,” Calhoun said. “We believe in each other, we are a family. Everybody has confidence in each other and we know what we can accomplish together.”

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