Murray County (1-6, 0-4)
at Dade County (4-3, 2-2)
When Murray County lost 62-14 at Model on Oct. 11, Indians coach Chad Brewer wasn’t pleased with his team’s effort.
So how did he feel after last week’s 61-point loss to Calhoun?
A lot better.
“This is going to sound crazy, but Friday night was not disappointing to me at all,” Brewer said. “Our kids fought and battled all game. We had some guys blocking some guys that they shouldn’t have been blocking and making plays against a very good football team. I felt like we fought and played hard the whole ballgame.”
While Murray County has yet to come close to duplicating its lone win of the season — a 14-12 win at Gordon Central on Sept. 13 — Brewer said his team got better last week.
“The fight was there. They are taking a lot of pride in their performance and how they look on film,” Brewer said. “We were a hundred times better than we were against Model. It showed me that we haven’t cashed it in yet.
“If we win three football games, we have a chance to make the playoffs. We have played the two best teams in the region already, and if we can keep fighting a little bit we can give ourselves a chance. If you don’t take that pride, then you aren’t going to give yourself a chance.”
At Dade County, the Indians will find a team that isn’t fancy but gets the job done. The Wolverines returned seven starters on defense and five on offense from last season, and after last week’s 42-7 rout of Armuchee — which beat Murray County 41-0 earlier this season — they already have one more win than they did at the end of last season.
Dade County running back Zac Freeman will look for his second big game against a team from Murray County after scoring three touchdowns earlier this year in a 30-26 win at North Murray.
“They are a very well-coached team,” Brewer said of Dade County. “Their offensive line works very well with two very good running backs behind them. They play very hard and it is going to be a challenge for us. They are a team where if we compete and battle, we will have a chance. There is nothing fancy about them at all. They are going to run the football right at you.”