Coach Mark Rose and the Russell County Warriors knew they had their work cut out for them last Friday night against the Eufaula Tigers. While the Warriors were looking to rebound from a 12-0 loss to Lanier, the Tigers entered the game scoring 50 points or more in their past three games. In fact, they’re averaging over 43 points per game on offense for the season. The perennial power has made the playoffs 21 years in a row and came into the game with a 16 game win streak against Russell County. A high powered team putting up these kind of numbers meant that the Warriors would almost have to come in with a perfect plan and play a perfect game. With that being the case, Rose and his staff prepared the team harder than ever.
Eufaula prepared the same way and it seemed as if everything went right for the Tigers Friday night. The Warriors fought hard on offense, defense, and special teams, but like many others before them they couldn’t slow down the explosive Tigers offense. While Eufaula racked up 511 yards off offense, Russell County just couldn’t get much going with the ball in their hands and finished with 67 total yards. The Warriors found themselves down 35-0 before they could go in the locker room and regroup at halftime.
The Tiger offense did slow down some in the second half, only scoring two touchdowns before the end of the game. That just wasn’t enough, as the final horn blew with Russell County carrying home a 48-0 loss. As you can imagine, Rose is not happy with the outcome.
“Friday night was an embarrassing performance. We were whipped in every phase of the game and the blame falls directly on me. We have Park Crossing, who is the most talented team in our region, coming to town Friday night. All I will say is that our people will see a different team this Friday night.”
The Warriors come back home tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET to face another tough Class 6A Region 2 test in Park Crossing. The 1-6 overall record for the Thunderbirds is deceiving, as they’ve had a tough schedule. Two of their losses were to Class 7A powers Central Phenix City and Lee Montgomery. Their region losses were against Lanier and Eufaula, while their one win came against Dothan.
Rose will have his team ready to play hard again, but also knows what Park Crossing brings to the table. The Thunderbirds are probably the biggest and most talented team in the region.