Area preview '12: Talladega County Central Fighting Tigers
by Al Muskewitz
Aug 22, 2012 | 3278 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To say Damian Dorsey is a coach on the fast track is an understatement.

The Anniston native got the Talladega County Central head football coaching job just a month before the season started. Between learning the players, putting together a game plan and all the other things that go with a new job, he hasn’t had a minute of downtime.

“I’ve been hitting it hard, putting in 15-hour days,” Dorsey said. “I’m trying to catch up and trying to catch up with all the other duties that come up with being an athletics director and coach.

“Thank God I have two weeks before we’ll be playing. We have nine practices (left) and have to put it together. Whatever we do in these next nine practices is exactly how we’re going to play.”

The hiring of Dorsey brings together a convergence of like ideas.

He is the Fighting Tigers’ fourth coach in five years and sixth since 2004. He takes over a program that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2009 and has won a total of 10 games in the last three seasons. The veteran players — and they dominate the roster — want to win and Dorsey wants to win now.

“Those seniors deserve to have a memory of their senior year that’s worthy of something and my first year is worthy of something,” he said. “I’m a competitor in every sense of the word. I don’t take a job or do things just to do something.

“I’m preparing to win — not just asking to win, preparing and expecting to win; that’s what we’re working toward. Right now, we’re hoping to win, but next time we practice we’re going to be expecting to win.”

With a roster of about 30 players developing a basic game plan with the clock ticking doesn’t take that long — and basic is where it’s going to start. Dorsey’s message to the players is simply do the ordinary things better than the other team.

Luckily, the majority of players are juniors and seniors. One of their four seniors, running back Ramone Russell, is the last holdover from the 2007 state finals team — he was an eighth-grader then — and Dorsey plans to tap into that resource.

Other key players include wide receiver-defensive back Julius Player, two-way lineman Wilbert Wells and guard-linebacker Corey Morris. Zekyle Stockdale is the quarterback.

“The last three years haven’t been as fruitful as they’ve wanted, but there’s a tradition there, they still hold onto it,” Dorsey said. “(Russell) knows about winning at TC. I’m trying to help everybody understand that.

“We have to ride the seniors. It’s their team, it’s their time. Why not take advantage of what they’ve got going on.”

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