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Southside cutting down on mistakes

The Southside High School Panthers will have to hold off the Keith defense in order to eliminate turnovers and finish drives Friday to have a chance to win. -- Tim Reeves

By Robert Hudson

The Selma Times-Journal

The Southside High School Panthers football team will be looking to bounce back from last week’s crushing loss when it takes a short road trip to Orrville Friday night.

The Class 4A Panthers (0-4, 0-3) will travel to Orrville to play the Class 1A Keith High School Bears (2-2, 1-2) Friday at 7 p.m.

Southside head coach Bertrum Crum said his team will be facing a very athletic Bears team come Friday night.

“They run the Wing-T, are pretty well coached, and they are very athletic,” Crum said.

The Panthers will have to deal with a Bears running attack made up of a stable of running backs including Rodney Ellis, Damarquis Lumpkin and Terrell Valazquez. Crum said the Panthers will have to force the Bears into passing situations in order to slow down the Keith rushing attack.

“Hopefully, we can get them in third-and-long situations and force them to pass,” Crum said. “We need to be consistent on first and second down and limit their big plays.”

One thing Crum said the Panthers need to do is limit their turnovers if they want to win.

“I think we had five turnovers last week,” Crum said. “We also need to focus on the fundamentals of tackling and blocking.”

Crum said the Panthers will also have to finish drives offensively in order to beat the Bears.

“We got in the red zone last week about three or four times and came away with no points,” Crum said. “This week we’re going to try to focus on finishing drives once we get inside the red zone.”
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