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Aggies Prepare for Poole's Old Team

Posted Thursday, October 01, 2009 by Shannon Allen

Aggies prepare for Poole's old team


Published October 1, 2009

When new Albertville head football coach Joel Poole looks across the field Friday night, he’ll see plenty of familiar faces.

The Aggies (2-3, 1-2) begin the second half of their season by facing Poole’s former team, Madison County (2-3, 0-3), in a critical Class 5A, Region 7 contest.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 in Albertville’s first home game since week three of the season.

“I feel about those kids like I feel about these — they’ve done a lot for me,” said Poole, who left Madison County in February to take over the Aggie program.

“Part of me still cares for those guys, but of course, I want to beat them. It will be a weird feeling Friday night.”

Scott Peavey succeeded Poole at Madison County. Many of Poole’s former assistants are coaching for Peavey.

“Just because you leave a place doesn’t mean you’re not still friends with the coaches,” Poole said.

“Most of them were there when I first got up there, and the program hadn’t won in a while. We all had to roll up our sleeves and go to work.”

Madison County’s players to watch on offense include quarterback Jackson Richard, running back Dusty Giles, fullback Harrison Fields, running back Dezimin Scott and receiver Wade Lenoir.

“On offense, they’re playing with a freshman quarterback, Jackson Richard, who’s a pretty good athlete,” Poole said.

“Dusty Giles is a pretty good player, and Harrison Fields is a big fullback.

“Dezimin Scott transferred from Lee, and he’s really playing well for them. Wade Lenoir is a go-to player for them.”

A defensive leader for the Tigers is sophomore safety Rod Bradford, a 6-foot-2, 215-pounder who started as a freshman.

“The JV program there has come up and kind of just replenishes the varsity a little bit,” Poole said.

“When you graduate as many as they did it’s tough, but they’ve got a nucleus.

“They could very well beat us. They’ve got a good ballteam.”

With a 1-2 region record, the Aggies might have to win all four of their remaining Region 7 contests to secure a state playoff berth.

“We somehow have to pull at least three out if not four, and we keep telling the guys each week is critical,” Poole said.

A key for the Aggies in the final half of the season will be eliminating turnovers. Through five games, they have 11 more turnovers than their opponents.

“We gave Etowah the ball on the 5, John Carroll the ball on the 1 and Boaz returned a fumble for a touchdown,” Poole said. “We’ve basically given three scores away.

“That’s a big issue we’ve got to get over, and we’re hoping to correct that. We’ve been teaching what we’ve got to teach to keep from fumbling, but we’ve just got to make it a priority.

“On the other side, we really haven’t created a defensive score. We’ve had picks and fumble recoveries but not nearly enough. We’re working at it.”

Junior linebacker Zack Harry has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury in the first quarter of the Southside game in week two.

He returned to practice this week and is probable for Friday’s game.

“If Zack continues to progress, I don’t see any reason why he won’t get in the game,” Poole said. “He’s worked real hard to get where he’s at.”

Injuries have plagued Albertville’s defense.

“We’ve had to shuffle people around every game to get the game completed,” Poole said.

“We’ve had Addison (Powell), Jamell (Roberts) and Phillip Estes out at times. It’s been tough on us over there.”

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