Athens High School claimed the 5A championship in 2006, and back-to-back titles in 1975 and 1976. In the county, West Limestone (1957) and Ardmore (1958, 1961) also have won state championships in football.
“They’re not giddy,” said White, who ran the players through a light workout yesterday afternoon, took the team to dinner and skipped attending the 5A title game last night so the players could rest at the hotel instead. “We have the experience from last year, and we’re businesslike. I can tell the difference this year from last year — we have a goal in mind to win a state championship, and we just have to get it done.
“It would mean a lot to this county. This is a great county we live in with good football here, and for us to bring home a title means a great deal.”
Tanner’s defense has produced five shutouts this season, including three in the playoffs. The Rattlers have outscored Sand Rock, Walter Wellborn, Fultondale and Reeltown 152-14 in the first rounds of the playoffs.
Tanner is averaging 46.5 points per game, while allowing only 6.6 per contest.
“It’s going to be a physical, hand-to-hand combat game, and we just have to outlast them.”
Tickets are $12 at the gate. The game will be broadcast on WKAC 1080AM and at www.wkac1080.com.