The Tigers have been a team of late that has amassed big leads early, only to hang on for dear life in the second half. Whereas, the Purple Hurricanes are a team that closely resembles a predator who lets its prey stick around for the first half before devouring it in the second half.
It was 28-6 Adairsville before Ringgold rallied to take a 38-37 lead late in the fourth quarter. Against North Murray, it was 28-7 Tigers before the Mountaineers came back to tie it at 35-35.
“For whatever reason, we have developed a terrible habit of letting teams back in the game after we get way ahead,” Kramer said. “On the other hand, in our two losses we showed that we can be a good come-from-behind team as well. We were inside the 10-yard line against Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe and Cass with a chance to win or tie it. Against Cartersville, however, we have to guard against giving up a big lead, and at the same, falling behind early as well.”
Nor can they afford to play like they did against the Sonoraville Phoenix last Friday. The Phoenix, a team that remains winless in Region 5-AAA and who has only won one game the entire season, led the Tigers, 32-28, at one point. Adairsville was up, 28-18, at halftime.
“No we can’t,” Kramer said. “Cartersville is a machine. To win, we have to be at our best in all three phases: offense, defense and special teams.”
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