Wildcats, Tigers will face off

Published 12:02 am Friday, November 2, 2007

WOODVILLE — The 1-8 Wilkinson County Wildcats have a daunting task tonight when the 7-2 Jefferson County Tigers roll into town.

“Jefferson County is good in all aspects of the game,” Wilkinson County head coach John Moore said.

Jefferson County rebounded after taking their worst loss of the season to Lawrence County two weeks ago to defeat North Pike 38-6.

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The Wildcats were shut out 42-0 by Franklin County last week.

“This has been a tough season,” Moore said. “District 7-3A is the toughest district in the state.”

Starting quarterback for the Tigers, Percy Turner won’t play due to injuries suffered last week, Jefferson County head coach James Herrington said.

Back-up quarterback Jeffery Collins will get the start. Collins had a total of three touchdowns against North Pike.

“Jeffery came in last week and did a great job,” Herrington said.

“They do it all well,” Moore said. “Jeffery Collins throws real well himself.”

Moore said they were going to have to force Jefferson County’s offense into making some mistakes in order to have a chance.

“We are going to do the same thing we’ve done all year,” Herrington said. “We will keep it balanced between the run and pass.”

Wilkinson County will have to play a near perfect game Moore said.

“We are going to take what they give us and try to control the game,” Moore said. “This is our last game of the season. We have nothing to lose but a lot to gain.”

That “nothing to lose” attitude has Herrington worried.

“Wilkinson County plays to the end,” Herrington said. “They will come out against us and play hard.”

Herrington said his defense would have to take away Wilkinson County’s ability to throw the ball deep.

“They are very comfortable going deep,” he said. “We have to take that away.”

Herrington said the main thing was to play a clean, mistake free game to get prepared for their first round playoff game against Perry Central.