The Tigers are ready to move past the defeat and get in the win column as they play Armuchee today on the road.
“I can tell you this, [Armuchee] is not as big or as fast as Cass,” Adairsville coach Eric Bishop said. “That probably helps us more than anything. That’s probably one of the best Cass teams in 15 years or more.”
Armuchee is a very similar team, offensively, to what Adairsville is, making the game a matchup of similar styles.
“They are kind of a double slot offense a lot like ours. They run the triple option the same as we do,” Bishop said of his team’s opponent. “They run some other things you don’t see us do, but offensively, they are a lot like us.”
Another difference between Adairsville’s first game and this one is the experience level. Armuchee will have several underclassmen starting, a very different scenario than Bishop’s team saw in the Cass game.
Defensively, Armuchee will play a 3-4 defense and will try to bring pressure from its outside linebackers.
“We’re going to try to make those linebackers be wrong. If they are going to try to bring those linebackers, we are going to hurt where they are leaving,” Bishop said. “They can’t bring all those linebackers at one time and not leave something open.”
Ultimately for Bishop, the concern is not what Armuchee is doing and more of whether Adairsville can execute better this week.
“Obviously, there is some disappointment that we didn’t execute better offensively last week, but everything is fixable,” Bishop said. “We had some blown assignments. We had some technique issues that we are going to try to fix. It’s not like we have to go back to the drawing board or anything.”
One strategy that worked in the second half of the Tigers’ first game was speeding up the pace on offense. Bishop will try to do that more often today.
“We got Cass a little bit tired there in the second half,” Bishop said. “That’s what we are going to try to do more than anything else. It seems like the faster we play, the better the kids play. Tempo will be a big emphasis for us going into this Armuchee game.
“It’s risky at times because you can go three-and-out in a hurry. You have to be careful with it, but we are going to play as fast as possible and still be comfortable in what we’re doing.”
The fast pace should make for an exciting game tonight and the Tigers are primed to get their first win of the season.