Troup High head football coach Tanner Glisson and the Tigers are not overlooking the winless Columbus Kendrick Cherokees.
The Tigers and Cherokees will square off on Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at Kinnett Stadium in Columbus. That game will be the first of four matchups in a football classic.
It will be a rare Saturday game for Troup High, and the Tigers have their alarm clock set. So scrambled eggs and toast it is, along with some football.
“We’re used to working out at 7:30 in the morning (before school). I’m a morning guy,” Glisson said with a smirk.
The immediate goal for the Tigers is to get off to a 2-0 start this season following their impressive 31-28 win over Columbus Hardaway from last Thursday night. But Glisson and the Tigers are taking nothing for granted from their next opponent, Kendrick.
Troup High has a healthy respect for the Cherokees, who lost to the Northside Patriots, 40-8 last week. Kendrick is 0-1 on the season.
“They are very athletic, and they scare you. They have enough athletes,” said Glisson.
Troup High has a couple of skill guys, too. Well, more than a handful. The Tigers manufactured 444 yards of offense in their win against Hardaway. Troup High wants to build on that.
The Tigers think they can.
“We’re ready to take another step. We want to keep moving the ball. We want to continue to improve our tackling. We want (our defense) to get off the field on third down. And want to create some turnovers,” said Glisson.
Paul Brewer, the Tigers quarterback coach, wants to see more from the Troup High football team, too. The Tigers are thinking 2-0.
“We’re excited about the opportunity. We love to play and compete. We want (more) momentum every week. Our kids are doing a good job,” said Brewer.
Troup High defensive coordinator Tripp Busby, like Brewer, is challenging the Tiger players to do even more. The status quo is not where Troup High wants to stay.
The Tigers have more hamburgers to fry.
“Too many points are being scored on us. We need to play our techniques and make the tackle. Kendrick runs the spread offense, and we need to fight off the blocks. They have a really big offensive line,” said Busby, the former All-Region fullback for Columbus Kendrick (1989-91).
Busby expects the Tiger defense to get to the ball rapidly.
“We need to wrap up. We have the personnel to rival any defense in our region,” said Busby.