Childersburg head coach Al Barnett believes this is rivalry is up there with Sylacauga and Talladega next to Sylacauga.
“Childersburg and Vincent played in the 80’s and some in the 90’s,” Childersburg head coach Al Barnett said. “But they didn’t play for a long time. We started back playing in 2007 against them. Other than Sylacauga and Talladega rivalry-wise, it is right up there. It is kind of an unknown rivalry, because a lot people don’t know the significance that it has. We have a lot of kids that are kin to kids over there. The two schools are eight miles apart. Every time we go to Vincent it is sold out. When they come here it is a good crowd. I am going to be honest with you; since we started the rivalry back they have beaten us more than we have beaten them. I think they are ranked fifth in 2A right now and of course we are 17-9. It is the toughest place we go to play every year no knock against Talladega and Sylacauga. Vincent by far is the toughest place we go to play every year.”
The ninth ranked team in Class 4A, the Childersburg Tigers will look to send their seniors out with a win. Childersburg has eight seniors on this season’s team and four of them are starters, which includes: Tyrell Garrett, Deda Bradley, Keonte Estelle and DJ Jones.
“We have eight seniors,” Barnett said. “Tyrell Garrett and Deda Bradley have been varsity players since they were sophomores. Actually Tyrell played a couple of tournaments with us as a freshman. Keonte Estelle has been a two-year starter for us and he played some tournament games as a sophomore. DJ Jones is a two-year starter. All of them have 60-90 varsity games up under their belt already. Of course we have some role players that come in. Emit Jackson comes in and does some decent things. Dexter Marbury has come off the bench for us the last two years and done a really good job off the bench for us. He has been in the program for four years and two years on the varsity. London McKinney has overcome a lot of obstacles to get to play this year. We didn’t think he would be able to play due to health reasons. He has been with us the whole year and he has had an enjoyable year for us. London is a study and perseverance man. Jalen Murphy has come over from Comer. He got eligible half way through the year. He has done some good things and made some 3-pointers for us. Those guys have been great for the program. We hardly have any trouble out of them in school. They are dependable and you can count on them. I hate to see them go. Some of them will hopefully get to play on the next level. Some of them will go on to college and I think a couple will go on to the military. We are proud of them.”
The seniors have stepped their game up over the last couple of games. The Tigers have won three of their last five games. Childersburg lost to Ben Russell on Thursday, 68-62. The Tigers will look to regroup in their final regular season home game against Vincent.
The third ranked team in Class 2A, the Vincent Yellow Jackets want to spoil senior night for Childersburg. Vincent enters tonight’s game with a 20-5 record. They have won eight of their last nine games in 2013. The Yellow Jackets beat Childersburg 60-53 on Dec.8th.
“Coach John Hadder does a good job,” Barnett said. “Their one through five players can play with anybody that we’ve played this year. That includes Thompson. They lost two real close games to Shelby County High School and I think they are ranked fifth in 5A.”
Barnett hopes that fans will come out and support the Tigers on senior night. He also wants his fans to be loud and cheer on his team.
Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.