Choctaw County coach Adam Dillinger considers this a new season.
When the Chargers start Class 3A, Region 5 play tonight, the slate is clean.
â€śWe are 0-0 right now,â€ť Dillinger said. â€śNo matter if we had won all six of our previous games or we would have lost all six of them we were going to be 0-0 right now. That is what matters. That is what we are playing for. There are three teams in our region that are going to be 1-0 after this week and three that will be 0-1. We want to be one of those three that are 1-0.â€ť
In order to get ready for this moment, Choctaw County scheduled a tough lineup of non-division games. After going 5-1 in those games, it seems that the Chargers are prepared for what lies ahead in the second half of the season.
â€śWe have played some good teams,â€ť Dillinger said. â€śWe have been challenged. We had to go in there and play hard. If you go and play a schedule that is not great, then you donâ€™t improve so weâ€™ve had some challenges along the way and we have learned some things about ourselves. That is what mattered.â€ť
The Chargers will have to put everything they have learned on the line tonight. Raleigh is a tough team that can not only hit you hard on offense, but defensively they mix things up keeping a team on its feet.
â€śThey are athletic,â€ť Dillinger said. â€śThey have a quarterback that reminds me of (Jamarcus Bradley). He is not big, but he runs around. He can throw. He can put a lot of yards on. You canâ€™t really ever get comfortable with him because he can make a big play at any time. He puts a lot of pressure on the defense and they are very good with him.â€ť
Kickoff between the Chargers and Lions is set for 7 p.m., in Ackerman.
East Webster (6-0)
at Okolona (3-2)
Every game East Webster has played thus far in the season has been leading up to now.
The Wolverines have been continuing to improve and strengthen as a team and have fought their way to a perfect 6-0 record, but as they open division play tonight against Okolona that record is thrown out the window.
Instead, the team will be looking at a blank slate on which to build their division record.
The Wolverines will start the journey into division competition tonight on the road at 7 p.m. Some schedules have East Webster at home, but coach Doug Wilson confirmed early in the week that the game is at the Chickasaw County school.
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