Scotland County enters Tri-Rivers play riding high as they have already matched last season’s win total entering conference play. The Tigers have already defeated a conference foe when they took care of Knox County in Week 2, when the two met for a non-conference game.
SC is coming into their match-up with North Shelby riding high off a win against Windsor.
“We have been able to pull out some big wins, so our confidence level is high, and the kids are believing in themselves. We are having good practices and constantly getting better each week,” said Scotland County head coach Daniel Burns.
A key for Scotland will be to not overlook the Raiders, with Milan on the docket for next week. NS comes in with a 0-4 record and has only been able to score in one game this season. One of the two Tiger wins from last season came in Shelbyville.
“We have stressed the importance of each week with these guys, and stressed that this is the conference championship. Each game we have from here on out, is for the conference championship,” said Burns.
The Raiders are coming off a 57-0 loss to No. 5 Salisbury, who got the best of Scotland in Week 1, 35-6. That was one of two games where the Tigers offense was kept quiet. The other was against No. 4 South Callaway, who competes at the Class 2 level. In games against KC and Windsor the Tigers have combined to score 64 points.
“We want to run the football first, and control the line of scrimmage. We have rushed for 300 yards twice this season and we feel from here on out we can win every game if we show up and play,” said Burns.
Last week Will McRoberts rushed for 197 yards and scored three times. He missed the SC season-opening loss to Salisbury. Chris Jackson also had a big night as he went for 127 yards on the ground.
Burns expects his team to come out and not take the Raiders lightly.
“They have some speed, and they play very hard. They are a hungry group that can give teams problems if they don't show up to play and are well-coached and play hard,” said Burns.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Memphis.