Not to be confused with the immensely popular “Fast and Furious” movie series, Jacksonville head football coach Chris Taber said that he hopes to be able to watch a video of his Fight'n Indians giving a “fast and physical” account when the Tribesmen open the 2013 season Friday night against the Carthage Bulldogs (7:30 p.m., Tomato Bowl).
“We feel that the three keys to the game for us are to avoid mistakes, play fast and be the more physical team,”Taber said. “We must be the more physical football team. If we can do that we can keep Carthage from doing some of the things that they want to do and we can then have success.”
Carthage Bulldog football has been synonymous with success for close to 10-years running now under head coach Scott Surratt, who has led the Dawgs into post season play for each of the last six seasons.
Carthage went 11-3 last year, and with 10 starters back on the offensive side including quarterback Blake Bogenschutz, Tevin Pipkin, an All-State running back, and wideout Tee Goree, who scored 17 touchdowns in 2012 for the Dawgs, the expectations are high for Carthage to keep scoreboard operators around East Texas very busy this fall.
“They (Carthage) return 10, 3-year starters on offense, kids that have been in coach Surratt's system for seven years now,” Taber said. “I think where the opportunity is for us is to attack their defense.
“They lost eight starters off of the defense from last year and they are a little bit like us in that they are young and some are still getting up to varsity speed; you can tell that by watching them. We're hoping that our offense can take advantage of that opportunity.”
Despite losing the live portion of its only scrimmage, 10-7 to Bullard last week, Taber said that he was pretty well satisfied with his offense's performance.