"We're about to get over a hump, but we ain't over it. We gotta keep building confidence," said Tigers' coach Jim Kremer, whose team faces an East Hall team Friday that has won three games in three years.
"Everybody looks good to me right now," Kremer added. "They've struggled here in the past few years. Coach (Bryan) Gray ... is trying to build a program. He needs to win a few games and hopefully that's after us."
Gray, who is in his seventh year at the helm, watched the Vikings -- who are 1-2 like Adairsville -- win in Week 2 against Johnson-Gainesville on Sept. 3, the earliest they've won their first game of the season since 2006, when they also beat the Knights in the second week of the season.
"We're getting there physically," he said. "We're now physically able to compete with who we play (against). Now we gotta get there mentally."
"We've kind of been a victim of ourselves all three weeks," he continued. "If we learn to take care of ourselves, then we've got a chance to play with anybody."
Traditionally a strong basketball school, East Hall has benefitted from gridiron players who would be well-suited for the hardcourt.
"Like everybody probably guessed, they got a lot of athletes," Kremer said. "They got a couple of book ends -- one going to Georgia (Sterling Bailey: 6-5, 270), one going to Georgia Tech (Chaz Cheeks: 6-3, 220)."
"We got some kids that can run. The defensive line and our running backs would definitely be the strength of our team," Gray confirmed.
The East Hall coach also knows what will be some of the Tigers' strengths.
"I see a real physical team," Gray said. "They got a lot of big kids ... (and) a real heady quarterback (Cody Kremer). He doesn't make mistakes. He knows what he's doing; he works real well within their scheme."
Kremer rushed 12 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns in Adairsville's 35-7 win over the Phoenix, and went 6-of-9 passing for 62 yards and another score.
"We probably had roughly over 200 yards rushing," said Jim Kremer, whose starters left about midway through the third quarter. "Our backups finished the rest of the game and did a nice job of moving the ball."
The one thing that didn't sit well with Kremer regarding his team's offensive performance was its lone blemish of the night.
"Offensively, I'd like to see zero turnovers, but we had one turnover (last week)," he said in reference to an interception on a miscommunication between quarterback and receiver.
In previous weeks, however, the Tigers had turned the ball over a combined six times, which seemed to be a point the Vikings' coach could relate to.
"Much like us they've kind of shot themselves in the foot," Gray said.
He said the Tigers are well-coached.
"The things they're doing, it takes good coaching to do (that)."
Its game with East Hall will be the third road game of the season for Adairsville, which doesn't matter much to its coach.
"I think that's overrated -- home and away," especially in high school, Kremer said.
He even thinks the two-plus hour drive to Hall County will do his team some good.
"We're gonna try to make it as comfortable as possible," Kremer said. "(It) gives us an opportunity to get off our feet. When you play at home you have the excitement and the adrenaline rush ... On this deal, they get to rest for two and a half hours."
Following a bye next week, the Tigers will play four of their next six games at home.
Their game at East Hall kicks off at 7:30 p.m.