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THS quarterback Tyler Ellis
Photos by Kyle Thornton

Tigers prepare for region road stretch

By Michael Butler

The Tallassee High School football team will now have a nine-game regular season schedule with the cancellation of the Sept. 24 game vs. Pike Road.

Head coach Mike Battles did look into a replacement.

“We looked into Georgia and thought we might have something with Early County – a team we played several years ago - but just couldn’t make anything work,” Battles said. “We talked to some different people but couldn’t find anything. It probably worked out for the best because we have so many kids dinged up. It gave us a week to rest.

Zavion Carr returned to practice after missing the Elmore County game. Jalyn Daniels had limited activity in workouts while nursing an ankle injury.

“We’re hitting the meat of the schedule, the games we’ve got to win,” Battles noted. “We need everybody healthy.”

In Tallassee’s last game on Sept. 17 against Elmore County, the Tigers put together their best offensive effort of the season in the 48-10 win.

“It’s the first time where we’ve scored both first possessions of each half and shut down the team in the first possession of each half. I thought we played a complete game.”

Quarterback Tyler Ellis threw for 154 yards and beccame a bigger part of the ground game with 65 rushing yards.

“Tyler’s done a good job. We do have RPOs built in to all of our plays. He can hand the ball off, keep it or throw it. Tyler’s a little bit faster than everybody thinks he is. He’s got some good wheels on him.”

Running back Jalyn Daniels ran for 255 yards and 4 touchdowns in Tallassee's 57-20 win over Beauregard last year.

Tallassee’s next opponent, Beauregard, is also heavy with run, pass options on offense. The game is the first of three straight region games on the road for the Tigers.

“It’s a tough stretch,” said Battles. “We’ve got to continue to improve. Our kids understand the importance.”

Tallassee is 2-2 overall and 1-1 in region play.

“We could be 4-0 very easily. This bunch is hungry. They’re continuing to work.”