Two 0-5 teams meet tonight at Independence Stadium
One thing is for sure, one of the 0-5 teams from District 1-4A will walk away from Independence Stadium with a win.
Tonight, the Minden Crimson Tide will head to Shreveport to take on the Fair Park Indians in a battle of two teams looking for their first win.
Crimson Tide head coached Randy Peters said there are a lot of positive vibes coming from his Tide.
“Things have gone good this week,” he said. “The kids have been working hard with a good attitude and we’re are looking forward to get into district play. And the weather has been nice this week. We’ve been able to practice a little longer, which is good for us because of the short week.”
Peters said the short week of preparation didn’t worry him.
“We just bumped things up,” he said on Wednesday. “Monday became Tuesday, Tuesday became Wednesday and today is Thursday. But we did stay out there a little longer to make sure we got everything covered.”
Minden comes into the game off a 59-14 loss to Ruston, while Fair Park played Haughton tough before losing 51-28.
“They led Haughton 22-21 right before halftime,” Peters said. “Then Haughton kicked a field goal and led at halftime and went on to win big. But Fair Park is pretty good. They’re well-coached and they have some athletes and they do present teams with match-up problems.”
Peters is glad his team is finished with the run of 5A teams, and is back playing teams more of their caliber.
“I would think we will be on the same competitive level,” he said. “We’ve had some good battles with them. I think overall it should be a more competitive game for us. I think if we go out and play well, I like our chances. If we don’t, Fair Park has a chance to beat us, so we’ll have to play well.”
The Indians are giving up an average just under 40 points per game, so tonight could be the night the Tide offense finally hits it’s stride.
“We just need to play consistant on offense,” Peters said. “We need to be consistant and gain some confidence. We need to keep their offense off the field and put together some drive and score some points. If we can do that, it would be a huge plus for us.”
The Tide defense will also be ready to stop a Fair Park offense that has been dangerous at times. Running back Antwan Wilson is among the rushing leaders in the area with 456 yards and seven touchdowns. Also, receiver Joshua Picket has 19 catches and two scores.
Peters said, his team is excited and ready to play in Independence Stadium.
“It’s real nice to get the opportunity to play there,” he said. “The kids are excited. It’s a good experience for them to play on the turf in that type of arena. I expect us to go out and play well, and hopefully we’ll come out on top.”
Game time is 7 p.m.