Demopolis, Selma to play

Published 11:53 pm Wednesday, September 30, 2009

SELMA — Coach Foster Davis and his Selma Saints get another chance Friday to play one of those teams with numbers in front of the names.

On Sept. 8, the Saints faced No. 8 Greenville; they’re now No. 5 and undefeated (5-0) in the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A poll.

On Friday at Memorial Stadium, Class 5A Region 3 foe Demopolis enters the game as the No. 6-ranked squad statewide.

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Rankings? Davis doesn’t think about any stinking rankings?

“I don’t worry about that,” Davis said. “We’ve just got to go out there and play ball.”

The Tigers will have a new quarterback, Davis said. “The other one graduated last year.”

The Saints (3-2) started the season 3-0, averaging almost 45 points a game. But Selma has managed only six points in each of the last two losses.

So Davis decided to grab a wildcat by the tail. The Saints have tested a wildcat offense, where the running back receives the ball in a direct snap.

“We were getting a little sputter in our offense,” Davis said. “Right now, (junior running back) Eddie Johnson and (senior running back) Kendrick Woods will be in the backfield in that formation.”

Going into the second half of the season, the Saints will be trying to provide support for the injured players, including the ones who will be playing hurt.

Two players who are not expected to play are senior Mark Brooks, who had chest pains, and senior Torrance Wright, who has a knee injury.