“They are in great spirits,” Jacks said. “We got to keep the mentality of the hunter and not the hunted. We have won two in a row, but like I told the kids it doesn’t matter what we have done the last two weeks. The only thing that matters is what we do this week, so we had to come back with a good week of work. We beat these guys last year. We have to give Coosa some respect, because they are a good team and they are capable of beating us if we don’t play like we are capable of. We got to make sure we are focused on this game.”
Jacks was pleased with his team’s week of preparation considering the weather conditions earlier this week.
“It has been a pretty good week,” Jacks said. “We have had some distractions because of the weather. We got a chance to come outside for a little bit and we had to go inside on Tuesday. We’ve had some productive practices with what we have been able to do. We had a good day today; we went longer than we normally go on a Wednesday, because we had short days on Monday and Tuesday. I feel like we had a pretty good week of practice.”
Central Coosa (1-2,1-1) enters Friday’s game with momentum. The Cougars defeated Thorsby, 27-8 last week to earn their first win of the season.
The win also marked their first road win since the 2008 season when they defeated B.B.Comer 28-24.
“They are very athletic,” Jacks said. “They have a quarterback that can run and throw. They have two receivers outside that can make plays. They make something happen when the play breaks down — the play is not over with, because they can make things happen. That always makes you nervous. You can do everything right and these guys can make you look bad.”
The Tigers (2-1,2-0) defeated an athletic Tarrant team, 20-7 last Friday. Jacks credit their ball control offense and their defense making timely stops to their win.
“I was proud of the way we played last week,” Jacks said.
“Our game plan worked out. We limited their opportunities. They had some opportunities and we came through with some plays when we really needed them. That was big. We are going to try to limit our opponents by keeping possession of the ball and we have been able to do that for the most part this year. I am pleased to see that and limit turnovers. We were plus three in turnovers last week. I think we had one turnover and they had four turnovers. That is huge.”
Jacks was pleased with their play on both sides of the ball after last week’s win.
“We really rode Caleb Duffey last week and he did a great job for us,” Jacks said. “Tyler Holmes has done a great job of reading the option for us. Our defense all-together played better than I have seen in a while. We were a fourth down play from not allowing a score. They scored on a fourth and goal from the 3. They barely got in. I was just pleased to see us play better on the defensive side. That makes it a lot easier when you don’t have to worry about scoring a whole bunch of points when you hold them down. I was real pleased with the way our defense played. Hopefully, we can continue that trend this week.”
The Tigers will have to play their brand of football if they want to stay atop of the Class 3A Region 4 standings with a 3-0 record.
“We just have to take care of the football,” Jacks said. “We are going to try to control the clock and limit those big plays happening for them.”
Kick off is set for 7 p.m. on Friday from Central Stadium in Rockford.