There’s not much that can be said about any of the five local football games in Week 14 that hasn’t already been said.
Every game has been previewed, analyzed, turned around and analyzed again in this sports section all week.
While the list of games may be small, it’s still a great slate of games. While previewing each game, not every comment made in each interview made it to print because of time and space restraints. So here’s a list of some notable quotes from the week you didn’t read before games kick off tonight.
Dresden head coach Derek Rang: “This is when it gets fun because it’s more intense. We’ve been fortunate to have games and weeks that have been kind of a lull, but not this week. We’ve spent a lot of time this week preparing for a very good opponent.”
Peabody head coach Shane Jacobs: “Beating Dresden is simple, but it’s really difficult. We know what we’ve got to go out there and do, but to actually go out and do it against a team that good is a lot easier said than done. It starts with putting all other distractions about this game and anything from last week’s big win out of our mind and doing what we’ve got to do to win this game.”
McKenzie RB Eric Robinson: “We stay pretty consistent every Friday night as much as we can. I’m sure our line will do a good job blocking, and then it’ll be up to us in the backfield making plays. It will be a good game.”
Trinity Christian fullback/defensive lineman Chris Tucker on moving back from offensive line: “It’s a lot cooler to get the ball and [be] standing up now before the snap. I still get a lot of pancakes either way, and I still get to push people over – maybe even a little more now. And it’s cool getting to watch [quarterback Andrew Goldsmith] follow me then get all his yards.”
Liberty head coach Tyler Turner: “Yeah a lot of people may think we should win this game big, but that Milan team we beat is a lot different from the team we will play this week. And history shows how good their coaching staff is at getting their guys ready for the postseason. There’s a reason they’ve had as much success as they’ve had the past few years.”
Milan head coach Jeff Morris: “When you look at the size of their players … and then you see how fast most of them can move … and then you see how disciplined they play and always seem to be in the right place when they need to be … it’s easy to see why they’re undefeated.”
Lexington head coach Bryant Hollingsworth: “The bottom line is it will take great execution and us playing together to win this game. It’s still more about us and what we do right than anything they will do. It’s too late in game to change anything we do. We’ve just got to be ourselves well.”
University School of Jackson lineman Elijah Moore: “Our confidence in each other has gotten stronger within the team. We’re not guaranteed another game after the next. We’re confident before every game, and nobody doubts in us in the locker room or on the coaching staff. We’ve been able to block out any negativity we’ve felt from outside us and our coaches, and we just go play.”
Brandon Shields, 425-9751