EA faces strong, non-region tes in Fort Dale

Published 10:32am Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Speed Sampley and Bobby Carr talk almost every day.
Some of the topics of conversation will include a trick play or what is the best defense for a specific formation.
Those conversations will not be had this week.
“I’m so used to talking to Speed every day, I don’t know what we’ll talk about this week,” Carr said.
The longtime friends will have to talk about something other than their own football teams this week since their teams will meet this Friday night at Charles P. Storrs Field.

Edgewood fill-in quarterback Josh Crawford looks to spring up the sidelines. Photo by Anthony Watson
Edgewood fill-in quarterback Josh Crawford looks to spring up the sidelines. Photo by Anthony Watson

Sampley’s team, Fort Dale Academy, is coming off a disappointing 34-21 loss to Bessemer Academy.
Meanwhile, Carr’s top-ranked Edgewood club picked up its 40th straight win with a 52-14 victory over East Memorial Christian.
And this Friday, both teams will seem like they are looking into a mirror.
The Wildcats have traditionally been a pass first and run second offense with big play opportunities with an impressive vertical game.
The Eagles have traditionally fielded teams which like to pound the football at opposing defenses using a strong running game.
This time the roles have reversed.
“They are a running football that throws instead of a throwing football team that runs,” Fort Dale coach James “Speed” Sampley said.
In this non-region matchup, Edgewood faces a team with a veteran quarterback who averages more than 325 yards in total offense.
So far this season Chip Taylor has passed for more than 1,400 yards and rushed for 900 more.
“I wish I could tell you all 900 of those rushing yards were my call, but they aren’t. There is only one play in our playbook specifically for Chip. The rest is up to him as far as what he reads from the (opponent’s) defense.”
In addition to Taylor, he has multiple teammates to throw to or handoff.
So far this year, at least 17 different Eagle players have had at least catch this season and at least 12 different Eagles have rushed the football.
“I have great respect for coach Sampley, his staff and his team,” Carr said. “They run a first-class program down there and that’s why I request we play each year.”
In the last eight years the series is tied with Edgewood winning three of the last four contests.
Last year the Wildcats held on for a dramatic 36-35 victory in Greenville.
“I know people have been talking about our winning streak and it’s great, but it’s not our ultimate goal every year,” Carr said. “Our ultimate goal is in Troy.”

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