Tigers rebound from setback with performance to be proud of
by Chike Nwakamma
Sep 08, 2013 | 687 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Disappointment engulfed the Adairsville football team following its season-opening loss at Cass, and not because there is any shame in losing to a potential playoff team returning close to 20 starters.

Nope, the Tigers were disappointed for another reason after a 23-14 defeat.

“After that Cass game, [our kids] knew they didn’t play up to their potential,” Adairsville coach Eric Bishop said. “And Cass played a great game, there’s no doubt about that, but we knew we didn’t play as well could have, and that bothered our kids. They really wanted to come out tonight and redeem themselves.

“They did that. They showed this community and this school all the hard work they’ve put in.”

The Tigers wasted no time redeeming themselves Friday at Armuchee, sprinting out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead before winning 38-7 in a game that saw them accumulate more than 400 yards of offense.

“We went into that Cass with six guys on each side of the ball [making] their first varsity start,” Bishop added. “So they got some experience in that game that potentially paid off here tonight.”

Adairsville will look to build upon the strides made in the second half against Cass and against the Indians in its upcoming tilt with Pepperell this Friday. The Tigers will be playing in front of their home crowd for the first time this season.

YELLOW LAUNDRY: In spite of an offensive eruption, as well as a staunch defensive effort, Adairsville suffered tremendously in one area — penalties.

The Tigers were flagged 10 times for well over 100 yards. Their coach, however, does not believe many of the penalties will be as an impediment going forward.

“They’re all fixable penalties,” Bishop noted. “They’re not unsportsmanlike … and that kind of thing; it’s kids working hard at their position. So those are fixable and with experience you would hope that the penalty yardage would go down.”

VICTORY NO. 1: Bishop picked up his first win as Adairsville’s head football coach, but the sideline veteran and former Tiger baseball skipper had no plans to harp on it.

“A lot of people pay attention to that stuff,” Bishop said. “It’s not about me, it’s about these kids; it always has been. This is 21 years; I want ’em to play the best game they can. Win or lose, we [are] gonna hold our head high, so I want it to be about the kids.”