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Alabama A&M have 2 main goals this year
Alabama A&M reported for preseason practice back on July 30.
Now, after practicing for almost a month, game week has arrived and the Bulldogs couldn’t be happier.
A&M takes on Tuskegee in the season opener for both teams Saturday night at 7 at Legion Field in Birmingham. It is the second game of a four-year deal between the two schools.
“It’s a big game because it’s our season opener and we want to set the tone for the way we’re going to play,” running back Kaderius Lacey said. “We’ve set some lofty goals and in order to reach them we need to come out and beat Tuskegee.”
A&M’s senior class has put together a number of goals this season, but the biggest ones include winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship and the Black College National championship.
The Bulldogs end every practice with yells of “SWAC champs” and “national champs.” A&M won the SWAC championship in 2006, but has never won a black college national title.
Offensive lineman Jamaal Johnson-Webb believes they can change that this season.
“We want to be the first team in school history to do it,” Johnson-Webb said. “We believe we can do it, but we know we’ve got to play at a high level every week starting with the Tuskegee game.”
The Bulldogs have beaten the Golden Tigers each of the last two meetings, including a 21-6 victory a year ago in the Louis Crews Classic, but that won’t mean a thing come Saturday night.
“Both teams are going to be excited,” Lacey said. “We feel confident. We’ve got 23 seniors and we depend on each other to get it done.”
A&M had its last scrimmage Saturday night and while there were mixed reviews, Johnson-Webb said the Bulldogs will be ready for the Golden Tigers.
“We’re making progress, but we’ll see this weekend,” he said. “We’ve still got somee technical issues we’ve got to fix.”
A&M coach Anthony Jones agreed.
“We don’t want to be ready to play today,” he said. “We want to be ready to play Saturday night. Game week is here and now there’s a sense of urgency of getting where we need to be. We’ve got three more work days … Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, polish on Friday and then it’s game time.
“When we started camp, we had a light on a lot of areas. Now, we’re trying to become laser sharp and hope that our guys are ready to play their roles.”
The plan, A&M’s seniors say, is to blow through every opponent. Nothing less will do.
“We want to finish every team this year,” kicker/punter Chance Wilson said. “Not just one team. We want to go in and play four quarters and dominate every team.”
By Reggie Benson, The Huntsville Times