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Fayette County faces big and fast Leeds


Fayette County coach Lance Tucker gathers his team during a time out in the second quarter last Friday night against W.S. Neal. (Photo by Jason Harless)


Coach Lance Tucker watched his Fayette County football team defeat a big, physical squad from W.S. Neal last week in the Class 3A playoffs. Leeds presents a similar challenge in tonight’s quarterfinal round, but Tucker said the Green Wave has the extra element of speed.

"By far they’re the best defense we’ve played all year," Tucker said. "They’re really fast, and they have that combination of some big guys up front. They run a bunch of different defenses and give you a bunch of different looks. They really make it tough on you."

The Tigers, who beat W.S. Neal 34-6, will counter with several playmakers on offense, including quarterback Marcellus Redmond, running back Kyle Nalls and receivers JaTevin Madison and JaTrae Madison.

"We’ve always run several different sets," Tucker said. "It ought to be a fun game to watch if we can do some different things.

"They like to run it and stop the run. We want to try to do the same thing we’ve always done. We’ve got to be able to run the football and to stop the run. I learned a long time ago that if you can’t run the ball in a big game, then you don’t have much of a chance."

Redmond has 473 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. He has thrown for 1,345 yards and 17 touchdowns. Nalls has 636 yards rushing and nine touchdowns. JaTrae Madison has four rushing touchdowns and four receiving touchdowns. JaTevin Madison has one rushing touchdown and 12 receiving touchdowns.

"We try to get the ball in the playmakers’ hand every play," Tucker said. "That’s why we come with a whole bunch of different formations and a whole bunch of different plays.

"They can run it as well as we can, so we’re going to have to take our chances. When we think we’ve got the numbers, we’re going to run the ball. If we think we’ve got the numbers to throw the ball, we’re going to throw it. A lot of that we won’t know until Friday night."

Starters on Fayette County’s offensive front include center Brock Burkhalter, guards Dee Nalls and Andrew Stanford, tackles Brent Rickman and Brandon Daniel and tight end Enis.

Darnell Williams, an outside linebacker, had 15 tackles and a sack against W.S. Neal. Williams leads the Tigers with 79 total tackles, including five sacks. Other key defenders for Fayette County are inside linebackers Daniel Dixon and Hunter Voegele.

 

Reach Andrew Carroll at andrew.carroll@tuscaloosanews.com or at 205-722-0223.