“Moving Tredarian Gamble to tailback needed up being a great move,” Lincoln head coach Ryan Herring said. ”He did a great job running the ball. That has his first time starting at tailback and being a sophomore I was real proud of him.”
Coming into last week’s game, Gamble was the Golden Bears leading receiver with 43 receptions, 676 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Last week, he rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown against Sardis.
“Saturday morning coach called me and told me that I was going to start at running back this week,” Gamble said. “Sunday morning, we came in and I was getting my head ready to play running back. All week, I was learning the plays and blocking assignments. I went out there and tired my best.”
Moving to the backfield wasn’t a hard transition for Gamble. On the season, the sophomore has 228 yards rushing on 30 carries.
“It felt natural,” Gamble said. “I played there when I was younger, so I snapped back in it.”
Herring said the Golden Bears had a good week of preparation for Madison County.
“Practice has been great,” Herring said. “We’ve had a good week. The kids are excited. It is the playoffs, so it is do or die. They know what is at stake.”
No.3 Madison County (10-1) defeated Rogers, 35-20 last week in the first round of the playoffs. The 15-point win was the closet game that the Tigers have had since Sept.28 when loss to Hazel Green, 14-12. Madison County scores 45 points per game and only allows 10 points per game.
“They have a real good team,” Herring said. “They are 10-1 and looking at their film they probably should be 11-0. They had two bad snaps in the game they loss to a 6A team. They basically have blown out everybody. They have beating everyone soundly except that one game and that was the fifth game of the year. They have a real good running back; he is heading to Troy. They have a good quarterback and their skills are really tall. I think we match up good with them on the interior on both sides of the ball.”
The first year head coach doesn’t believe he has to worry about his team staying focused on the trip up there to Madison County.
“We are going to take charters so they are going to be real comfortable,” Herring said. “We will break it up halfway to walk around, eat some snacks and drank some Gatorade. It is not that bad of a trip. You could be going to Russellville or Mobile. It could be a lot longer trip somewhere else. The kids know what’s at stake, so I don’t think having their heads on will be a tough job.”
Win the turnover battle and not allowing the homerun plays are going to be vital if Lincoln is going to pull the upset over Madison County,
“We got to protect the football, and we have to stay away from them having the big play on offense,” Herring said. “We can’t let them have the big throw or the big run. If we can make them earn it for four quarters, I like our chances.” both sides of the ball.”