Tigers building off past success

Nadav Soroker/Times-GeorgianTEMPLE #11 RUNTemple High School football host Rockmart for a scrimmage on Friday, August 10, 2018.

Temple opened up the 2019 football season in dominant fashion last week by hosting Putnam County at Rogers Stadium and using a strong rushing attack to cruise to a 55-21 victory.

As he had hoped to do, Tigers' head coach Scotty Ward felt as though the offensive line showed major improvements within the two weeks following their scrimmage game.

"I think they started picking up the offense a little more; the blocking schemes, and I really think it helped us to really win the football game Friday night," Ward explained.

Outside of the improvements that were made, Ward is bent on Temple High School becoming better as an overall unit leading up to Friday's game against Kendrick High School.

"We have to get better every day at everything we do; tackling, fundamental stuff, scheme stuff," he said. "And for the most part, I feel like we got a little better this week too. So, hopefully we can just keep building on what we keep preaching, and hopefully, before long, we'll possibly be a good football team."

As the Tigers work on themselves approaching the Cherokee club Friday night, Ward is expecting Kendrick to be athletic and run the football straight at them.

"They have a big offensive line. They try to push you around," Ward mentioned about his expectations based on what he noticed on film. "Defensively, they're pretty good up front. Their linebackers are not bad at all."

He knows that Friday night will be a test for his team, and says that the Tigers will have to be "on point" and dedicated to stopping the run in order to give themselves a chance.

"It's going to be an interesting game. It's going to be tough," he noted.

Friday's game will be the Tigers' second consecutive home game of the year, and Ward is sold on the fact that his bunch plays better on their home field.

"For whatever reason, no matter who comes in our place and how bad it is or whatever, we always seem to find a way to play really, really hard at home," coach Ward insisted. "That's what I'm looking for tomorrow night. I thought we had a great crowd last week."

Coming off of the great turn out last week, coach is looking for a plethora of fans to show up Friday to support the game and support Alumni night. He hopes that he and his Tiger club will give the fans another good show.