GENEVA COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Friday night in a rivalry match up the Geneva Panthers will face off against the Slocomb Red Tops in the WDHN Extra Point Game of the Week.
Last season it was a barn burner in Hugh Owen stadium.
The Panthers handed the Red Tops their only loss of the regular season week one.
Slocomb was up by ten in the fourth quarter but Geneva put up 18 points with no response to prevail 48-41.
Slocomb hopes to read a different scoreboard when the clock runs out this year.
“I still have nightmares about that game,” Slocomb Head Coach Richard Tisdale said. “We were up big in the third quarter and it just kind of melted away. Coach Sanders does a good job. Geneva guys play hard and came back and beat us. So really we just can’t beat ourselves. First game of the season. A lot of early mistakes I’m sure we’re going to make and not making those mistakes we can’t recover from. So I really think the team that makes the least amount of mistakes has the best chance on Friday night.”
Geneva Head Coach Les Sanders also wants his team to minimize mistakes.
“They just have an exceptional team,” Sanders said. “They have some exceptional players and they’re well coached. It’s always a battle. It’s a great rival. Real hard fought, classy battle by both teams. We’re going to have to play clean in all phases to have a chance.”
Both teams had to cancel their games last Friday because of Covid-19 which means both squads are going in with no game experience so far this season.
That makes Sanders worry about his players being conditioned enough to play four quarters.
“The heat has been bad,” Sanders said. “Some of them have been sick, missed ten days, come back and just really haven’t complained and just kept working hard under some tough conditions.”
As both programs keep up the hard work, Tisdale hopes to bring an end to his nightmares of last year.
“A win is always big for us,” Tisdale said. “We want to make an impact on these kids and we want to change their lives, but we want to win football games. That’s why we’re out here so every game to us is like a state championship. You want to win every game. There’s no game I’m okay losing.”
The Panthers take on the Red Tops at 7 p.m. Friday at Red Top stadium in Slocomb.