Selma hopes to end slide
By Robert Hudson
The Selma Times-Journal
The Selma High School Saints football team will return home to Memorial Stadium Friday night looking to break its four-game losing skid.
The Saints (3-5, 2-4) will face the Demopolis Tigers (5-3, 5-1) Friday night at 7 p.m. in a region game.
Saints head coach Leroy Miles said the focus in practice has been correcting the mistakes that have plagued the team these past few weeks.
“We’re just going to try to stop making so many mistakes,” Miles said. “There are mistakes that we make at certain points in the game, and we’ve just got to try to minimize those mistakes, get off to a good start, play good defense and try to control the football.”
Miles said the Saints will play a tough opponent in a Demopolis team which is second in Class 5A Region 3.
“Demopolis has got a really good football team,” Miles said.
“They’re a well-disciplined team, they’re well coached. Coach Causey (head football coach of Demopolis) does a great job with them. I’m sure they’re going to be pumped for this game.”
Miles said the Saints are working hard in practice to stop the Tigers’ option attack.
“We’re just continuing to work on trying to stop their scheme,” Miles said. “They run the option, so we’ve been working on our reads. We’re just going to continue working and trying to stop what they do.”
Miles said it’s especially important for the Saints to pick up on the option reads because one mistake can lead to a big play.
“I think we’ve got to play assignment football and make sure everybody does their job,” Miles said. “Against an option team you’ve got to be assignment oriented and everybody’s got to do their job. If you have one breakdown, it can result in a big play. It’s going to be important for everybody to do their job offensively and defensively.”