SYLACAUGA – Rivalry week has come early this season for the Childersburg and B.B. Comer high schools.

The two Tiger squads will square off at Legion Stadium in Sylacauga tonight, in what is being regarded by both teams as an important early season game, albeit for different reasons.

Childersburg head coach Adam Fossett is trying to regroup his team after a 21-13 loss against Reeltown in their season opener. Comer head coach Anthony Jacks’ team will take the field for its first real game of the season, and hopes to start off their year with a win.

Jacks said he was glad his team could iron out some wrinkles in his team in last week’s jamboree game against Calera and Fayetteville high schools. After a good week of practice — despite a stomach bug going around — Jacks said he feels his team is ready to take the field.

“I was definitely glad we could play in a jamboree,” Jacks said. “We don’t have the numbers to get game speed in practice, so it’s good to get a good opponent in Calera and Fayetteville. I think we should have everybody reading for Friday.”

Meanwhile, Fossett has been stressing the importance of sound football to his squad after a “flat performance” against the Rebels. The Tigers struggled with turnovers, and played sloppy football on both sides of the ball. Still, Jacks said he’s expecting an angry Childersburg squad.

Like Jacks, Fossett said he expects his team to bounce back after Friday’s loss. Naturally, he’d have liked to start the season off with a win, but will trade it for the message it sent his team: “We have room to improve.”

“We’re taking care of things we didn’t last week,” Fossett said. “Unfortunately, last week happened. We can move along, and if we play sound football and take care of our assignments, we’ll be OK.”

Still, both teams are excited to take on their cross-town rivals after another year.

“They’re certainly excited about it,” Fossett said. “They’re pumped up and excited, and looking forward to it.”

The rivalry has spilled over onto the coaches’ laps as well. Fossett and Jacks will clash once again since the two shared a stint at Winterboro High School in 2008 and 2009.

“We’re pretty good friends, but I’ve never beaten him,” Jacks said of Fossett. “We normally like to talk, and chat. This week is a little different.”

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