Tiger, Tiger

Dothan opened their season with a win for the first time since 2004, that's five years. They were 0-3 against Eufaula since 1995 when Dothan last defeated that squad. Dothan hasn't won their first two games of the season since 2001, but there is an air of hopefulness about Coach Kelvis White's team.

The Tigers will take a two hour jog due north to the land of the collegiate Tigers to take on the Tim Carter coached Auburn High School Tigers.

The last time the Tigers from the home of the National Peanut Festival defeated Auburn it was late season 2002. Since that time, Auburn has gone on to win 48 games while Dothan lost 48 games.

But in a game of "what have you done for me lately?" all of that will be a footnote if Coach Kelvis White can continue to inspire this team on to bigger and better things. The fourth-ranked Auburn Tigers await them.

Coach Kelvis White found things a little messy in his first year. He found a team that didn't believe they could win, and they didn't. They struggled through a 1-9 season, but this spring White felt like they had the Tigers on the right path. Hard work was going to pay off.

ScoutSouth.com spoke with White this week about the victory and the possibilities ahead. He wasted no time when asked how he was doing this week, "Trying to find a way to win this ball game," he said.

Rebecca Johnston: You have gotten rave reviews for your win last week over Eufaula. The team's finest game in five years says the Dothan Eagle.

Coach Kelvis White: Oh yes. Last week (against Eufaula) our guys came out and played well. I was pretty pleased with them. We executed on offense and didn't fool around on defense and had a good showing. It goes back to our guys buying into what our coaches have been telling them all spring and summer. It was a good first step in the right direction.

RJ: For a running team you threw the ball pretty well too, 124 yards on eight passes.

CKW: We're definitely a running team, but we had a lot of success in the passing game. We have some receivers that can catch the ball and Jay LeGrand (Sr. 6-1, 195), our quarterback, throws it pretty well. Everything was clicking last Friday, and like I say I was just proud of them.

RJ: Since the win, what have they shown you?

CKW: They like the taste of being 1-0, the taste of victory. I just tell them to be 2-0 you've got to work even harder this week in practice. Our kids have bought into that. They have worked hard. They want to continue to build on this success. So no they haven't come out being content or anything. They are working to get better. We are going to go out Friday and give it our best shot.

RJ: Auburn is probably a little different animal this week coming off an undefeated regular season and having South Alabama commitment, Calvin Jenkins at quarterback. How do you stop them?

CKW: We are going to have play a perfect game. We want to play great defense. We're going to have to execute on offense and be sound in the kicking game. Our guys are up for a challenge and what an opportunity we have. Playing a top 10 team in 6A.

Our guys are excited. I don't think they will be intimidated or afraid of anything, but I think they are anxious. They are ready to show everybody how hard they've worked and go out there and compete against Auburn High School.

RJ: Since I talked with you in the spring who has come through as your leaders?

CKW: Offensively, Jay LeGrand and Orlando Maestas (Sr. 6-0, 305) an offensive lineman, and our running back Brandon Knight (Sr. 5-11 205). Marcus Smith (Sr. 6-0 175), wide receiver. Those are four guys that are leading us on offense.

Defensively, Corey Lampley (Sr. 6-1, 310) and McKinley Greer (Sr. 5-11, 215) are definitely the heart and soul of the defense. We have a lot of leaders on the team, a lot of seniors that are doing a good job being in that position. Hopefully, we can continue to build and have a chance Friday night.

RJ: Will the crowd take the two hour trip with you?

CKW: Yeah, people from Dothan are fired up. They are excited about what they saw last week. I don't promise wins, but we will give a great effort and hopefully it will be enough to pull off a win. I think people are going to travel and want to see it. It's going to be a good football game.

Dothan (1-0) vs. Auburn (1-0) Region Game
September 4, 2009 at Duck Samford Stadium 7:00 PM
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