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Selma travels to Montgomery for Top 10 foe

SELMA — Reeling from four straight losses, Coach Foster Davis and his Selma Saints jump back into the state’s Class 5A Top 10 on Thursday night in Montgomery.

The Saints (3-4) take on No. 5-ranked Carver-Montgomery (6-1) at 7 p.m. Thursday in Cramton Bowl.

“It just doesn’t get any easier,” Davis said Tuesday as his first-team defense worked against Carver’s goal-line offense. “But we aren’t gonna back down now.”

Selma absorbed its first of four losses when No. 4-ranked Greenville (7-0) smashed the Saints 41-6 at home.

Then came LeFlore with a 22-6 road loss, No. 6-ranked Demopolis (6-1) in a 39-14 home defeat, and finally last week’s rain-soaked 14-6 loss at Chilton County.

Now Davis has to step up practices for an earlier game. Playing a day early, however, may work out better in other ways.

“We’re not all banged up,” he said. “But it might be good on the other end” to take a day off.

So Davis naturally expects to see a strong Carver Wolverines team Thursday night.

“They’ve got a good quarterback, like most teams we play,” Davis said. “And they’ve still good a good running back.”

Senior quarterback Reggie Aaron (6-3, 218) has completed 90-of-136 passes for 1,441 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions, according to MaxSports.com.

On the ground, junior Stanley Robinson has rushed 99 times for 582 yards and eight touchdowns.

“On defense, it’s a team effort,” said Davis, who added the only two teams that have scored more than eight points against Carver have been Greenville (a 28-24 Wolverines loss) and Demopolis (a 32-14 Carver victory).

“Everybody on the field is an athlete,” Davis said. “And they run all kinds of formations. I was watching video Sunday on Carver, and by the third quarter they had already used 14 formations.”