Playoff atmosphere awaits Tigers and Cardinals

SAVANNAH, Tenn. – The Tigers and Red Rage rivalry never gets old. Eleven miles separate Adamsville and Hardin County high schools. Come Friday, the Tigers cross enemy lines with hopes of clipping the Cardinals wings. “It’s going to be four quarters of just smashing heads and having fun. That’s what football is all about,” said Adamsville senior Jacob Dengler. But for all the buildup, at least one Tiger says it’s just another game. “They’re just Adamsville. Nothing special. Just people,” said Jeremy Yarbro. The Cardinals resume says otherwise. Adamsville has reached two consecutive state championships. Fourth year Hardin Co. head coach Matthew Smith is excited about the challenge. “You work all year for these. I want to see our kids play with the emotion we’ve been playing with,” said Smith. That energy that coach Smith admires has resulted in three straight wins for the Tigers. ‘We started off a little slow. We were finding out who we were,” said junior Cal Gobbell. “We were inexperienced, but we have a lot of momentum going.” 6-1 Adamsville can relate. Only one team has scored more than two touchdowns against them. Friday’s game against Hardin County is only a small piece to their puzzle. “Our goal coming into the season is not to beat Hardin Co. or whoever we’re playing. Our goal is to play for a state championship game,” said Adamsville head coach Brandon Gray. Hardin Co. and Adamsville are set to kick off at 7 p.m. Highlights and the final score can be seen on 5th Quarter.

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