For NHS to slow down the SaberCats, it will take focused execution and near-flawless tackling. In the loss to Southmoore last year, Tiger defenders missed tackle after tackle that allowed the SaberCats to extend drives. That’s something they can’t afford tonight.
“We’ve got to be sure tacklers,” Nation said. “Last year we let them extend plays and go on long drives. They killed us by breaking tackles.”
Another benefit Southmoore has heading into the game is momentum. While NHS is on a five-game winning streak of its own, the SaberCats are riding high following last week’s upset against Lawton, a team that was ranked as highly as No. 1 by some state polls.
“They’re riding the wave right now, for sure,” Nation said. “They work hard, they’re sound in everything they do, and they’ve got a lot of momentum after last week.”
Beating Southmoore at Moore Stadium is a tall order for NHS, but it’s a challenge the Tigers think they’re ready for.
“They’re a good team, and this is a really big game for us,” quarterback Zach Long said. “We’ll come out ready to play.”
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