SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WALA) - The Spanish Fort Toros (7-0, 5-0) head to Mobile to take on LeFlore (3-4, 3-2) at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The Toros are looking to stay perfect on the season, vying for their third state championship in four years.
What are they feeding those boys on The Hill? A silly question, but these days, it’s one likely being tossed around in opponents’ film rooms.
Each week, Spanish Fort gets the very best from their competition, and each week the Toros dominate.
Their only close game of 2013, the season opener AT 6A Daphne, a 19-17 win.
“We’re blessed that our kids understand hard work, and they understand to get rewarded like you want, you have to put in the time," said Head Coach Mark Freeman. "But they’re huge in what we do.”
It was another huge effort Friday, October 11 hosting Vigor to stay in control of Region 1.
What is normally a defensive slugfest finished 56-20 with the Toros hitting big play after big play, burying the Wolves early.
“[Tyler Johnston] just seems to always find me and Coach Freeman always seems to call the right plays to get me and him going," said Wide Receiver Sam Harris.
“We just executed everything really great, and we worked hard all week," Harris added. "All year we’ve been clicking, and I don’t think a lot of people thought we were going to be doing as well as we are now, and it’s just a blessing to be honest with you.”
Coach Freeman says he didn't expect to hit so many big plays against a Vigor team known for its defense.
"You don’t expect to hit that against anybody," Freeman said. "But when you go back schematically, we were very good on those plays. I’m talking about all eleven players, and so when you do that you’ve got a chance to be successful, and when you don’t, you’re not going to be.”
At 7-0, as long as they keep winning, the Toros will continue to set school records each time out, vying for back-to-back state titles.
Sophomore Quarterback Tyler Johnston thinks they can do it.
"Our defense is really good this year, and our offense is getting there, but I think we’ll have a chance," Johnston said.
Despite having one less day to prepare, Spanish Fort Head Coach Mark Freeman says his Toros didn't do anything differently on the practice field to get ready for LeFlore Thursday night. He says they’re emphasizing fundamentals like ball security, all to avoid a letdown after a huge Vigor win.
“We’re just trying not to take it easy, like always," Harris said. "It’s a region game; it’s no different than Vigor or St. Paul’s.”
And it can’t be, because especially at the top of ‘The Hill,’ the fall is far with one slip-up.
“I don’t think we’re the best team; I don’t think we’re the best two or three teams out there right now," Freeman said. "Our team versus two or three other teams, I don’t know right now that we’re the best team. I think on certain Friday nights we can beat those teams, but they surely can certainly beat us, too. There are some good football teams in 5A this year.”
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