Choctaw County coach Adam Dillinger considers this a new season.
When the Chargers start Class 3A, Region 5 play tonight, the slate is clean.
“We are 0-0 right now,” Dillinger said. “No matter if we had won all six of our previous games or we would have lost all six of them we were going to be 0-0 right now. That is what matters. That is what we are playing for. There are three teams in our region that are going to be 1-0 after this week and three that will be 0-1. We want to be one of those three that are 1-0.”
In order to get ready for this moment, Choctaw County scheduled a tough lineup of non-division games. After going 5-1 in those games, it seems that the Chargers are prepared for what lies ahead in the second half of the season.
“We have played some good teams,” Dillinger said. “We have been challenged. We had to go in there and play hard. If you go and play a schedule that is not great, then you don’t improve so we’ve had some challenges along the way and we have learned some things about ourselves. That is what mattered.”
The Chargers will have to put everything they have learned on the line tonight. Raleigh is a tough team that can not only hit you hard on offense, but defensively they mix things up keeping a team on its feet.
“They are athletic,” Dillinger said. “They have a quarterback that reminds me of (Jamarcus Bradley). He is not big, but he runs around. He can throw. He can put a lot of yards on. You can’t really ever get comfortable with him because he can make a big play at any time. He puts a lot of pressure on the defense and they are very good with him.”
Kickoff between the Chargers and Lions is set for 7 p.m., in Ackerman.
East Webster (6-0)
at Okolona (3-2)
Every game East Webster has played thus far in the season has been leading up to now.
The Wolverines have been continuing to improve and strengthen as a team and have fought their way to a perfect 6-0 record, but as they open division play tonight against Okolona that record is thrown out the window.
Instead, the team will be looking at a blank slate on which to build their division record.
The Wolverines will start the journey into division competition tonight on the road at 7 p.m. Some schedules have East Webster at home, but coach Doug Wilson confirmed early in the week that the game is at the Chickasaw County school.
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