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Red Tops win first region title in 17 years

Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 12:01 PM CDT
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SLOCOMB, Ala. (WTVY) - After 17 years the Slocomb Red Tops got to bring home another region title.

For most of the players on this team, they weren’t even old enough to remember 2003.

“In 2003, I was one-year-old, so not doing very much,” said senior Jarrett Hendrix.

“Depending on what month it was I probably wasn’t even born yet,” said senior Jackson Register.

“I was probably on my second senior year at Troy University,” said head coach Richard Tisdale. “That was a long time ago. I was a young man back then.”

This team has dominated on the field all season and their hard worked has paid off.

“It’s just a credit to them. It’s hard to do,” said Tisdale. “Winning a football game is hard, much less winning the region. So, to see how hard they’ve worked it’s just great to see them get that reward.”

“It was a great feeling,” said Register. “Great because you work so hard during the summer and the offseason and everything has paid off.”

The difference maker for this year’s team has been selflessness.

“Nobody’s playing for themselves anymore, but everybody is playing for the guy next to them,” said Register. “Everybody loves each other. It’s just a brotherhood.”

“This team plays together more than any team I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Tisdale. “Nobody’s chasing stats or worried about what they’ve done. They’re always playing for the guy next to them.”

And these guys have been a team from the beginning.

“We all grew up together playing, so this is probably one of the biggest things we’ve done together,” said Register.

The Red Tops unity on and off the field has shown in their accomplishments. Slocomb is 8-1 on the season so far and they’re headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2017.

But the guys still have one game in front of them before they head to the postseason.

“A lot of people say football is a marathon, we say it’s a sprint,” said Tisdale. “It’s one sprint a week. So we want to win one sprint each week. Then restart and win the next sprint.”

Slocomb will wrap up the regular season on Friday against Geneva County.

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