HAIL TO THE VICTORS: Before the start of Friday’s game at Tiger Stadium, the school honored last spring’s Southern Columbia Class A state-runner-up softball team. At halftime, it was the football program’s turn, as members of the 1983 and 1989 Eastern Conference championship squads assembled on the field.
TOUGHER THAN THEY THOUGHT: DeFrancesco said he may have led his players to believe they would be able to handle the Tigers much easier than they did. He said he thought the Red Tornadoes could cause defensive problems by making Southern cover the entire field “but their defense played great.
“This was a very disappointing loss. We were confident we were going to come in here and win. We didn’t only not win, but we got beaten soundly, and we have to go back to the drawing board and right the ship.”
A BAD SIGN? As the Southern Columbia cheerleaders stood off to the side waiting for their turn, their Mount Carmel counterparts held up a “Mount Carmel Red Tornadoes” sign for their players to run through and onto the field.
But the Red Tornado cheerleaders could have been flagged for a delay of game. They dropped the banner and had to hustle to get it back into place in time for the team to break through. Moments later, things went much better for the Tigers, who would go on to win this rivalry game 49-33.
MISTAKES HAPPEN: The Tigers hurt themselves in the second half with a number of false-start and procedural penalties, but Roth attributed it to the atmosphere of the game as much as to the fact that many of his players had not started before this season.
“The rivalry, the amount of people here, and everything that goes into that, with the emotions, that was one of my fears that we could have some issues early in the game and we certainly did,” he said.
“But to overcome them and come back and get a win over a team like this should be great for our confidence the rest of the season.”