Tigers control own destiny in regular season finale
by Chike Nwakamma
Nov 09, 2012 | 722 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After halting a nearly decade-long playoff drought a season ago, the Adairsville Tigers stand on the brink of solidifying a second consecutive postseason berth under head coach Jim Kremer, and they have a chance to do something not even last year’s 10-win football team could accomplish.

With a win at Coahulla Creek tonight, Adairsville (6-3) would host its first state playoff game in 10 years due to head-to-head victories over Ringgold and Gordon Central, the other two teams tied for the second seed in Region 5-AAA with identical 4-2 records.

The Tigers’ playoff destiny rests squarely in their own hands: beat the upstart Colts and they give their fans one more home game.

“It all boils down to focus and playing at a high level and not taking any chances,” Kremer said. “It’s been our talk every day. …

“I think we’ll go out and play at a good level, and the thing is we had good practices this week … that always helps to help prevent a letdown.”

Coahulla Creek has struggled in its first varsity season, which is not a huge surprise for a young program. But, the Colts have managed two wins in nine games, against Murray County, 55-6, in its season opener Aug. 31 and over Sonoraville, 26-14, on Sept. 21.

Adairsville also defeated the latter of those two opponents, but it trailed the Phoenix Oct. 19 before pulling out a 49-39 victory. The Tigers have, at times, given a large amount of points to opposing teams — they have allowed at least 35 points in five straight games — and cannot rest on the fact they are facing the region’s seventh-place team.

“You can look at scores and see Coahulla Creek [plays hard], 14-7 going into the fourth quarter against LFO, beating Sonoraville,” Kremer noted. “ … If we go out and flop around, we can get beat by anybody. On the other hand, if we go out and play like we can, we’re capable of beating anybody and we’ve shown that.”

An unexpected loss would erase Adairsville’s hopes of hosting a playoff game next week, as well as eliminate the Tigers from playoff contention.

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