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Drew coach Jarrett Laws is hoping for another big defensive effort from his team when it takes on Forest Park in the Region 4A-AAAAA opener on Thursday at Southern Crescent Stadium.
RIVERDALE — It started last Friday with the win at Starr’s Mill, and it has continued throughout this week.
Drew coach Jarrett Laws continues to sing the praises of his defense.
“We are riding the backs of our defense,” he said. “Our defense coordinator is preparing these guys and they are reaching their comfort level. Our personality has change as we live and die by our defense.”
After giving up 21 points in a season-opening loss to Riverdale, Drew has only surrendered nine points in its last three games.
As the offense continues to find its way, Laws is perfectly content on letting the defense shine.
On Thursday, the Titans host Forest Park in the Region 4A-AAAAA opener for both teams at Southern Crescent Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
While Drew comes in with a 4-1 record, Forest Park is still searching for its first win in the Don Williams era. The Panthers are 0-4 and have been outscored 142-13 on the season.
But Laws is not quite ready to chalk this up as an easy victory.
“I’m sure they have circled this game on their schedule,” Laws said. “This is probably the first game we have gone into where we are not the underdog. It’s a region game, so we have to be ready. I’m sure they are hungry.”
And Laws is quick to point out that his team has yet to get its first win over a Clayton County team in the school’s brief history.
In its season-opener last month, Drew lost 21-14 to Riverdale in the first contest the Titans have had against another county school.
In the past two varsity seasons, Drew was a member of Region 4-AAA, which didn’t have any county schools.
For non-region games during the first two seasons, Laws decided to play playoff powerhouse Cairo and other non-county teams.
“I’ve told my guys that we have not beaten a county team yet,” he said. “We still have a point to prove.”
Laws is hoping for another stellar performance from linebackers Terrell Jordan and Ben Kittler in addition to defensive tackle Rashad Coleman.
“We know our strong points,” Laws said. “Our front seven is being counted on to lead us. We just have to play smart football.”