Busby ready to make Tallulah debut

Published 11:39 am Thursday, August 18, 2011

Friday will be premiere night in Tallulah.

On one sideline, Chris Busby will make his debut as Tallulah Academy’s head coach. On the other, Park Place Christian will play its first game of 11-man football.

Neither is quite sure what to expect.

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“This is making me very nervous. My first game,” laughed Busby, who was Tallulah’s defensive coordinator last season and spent nearly a decade as an assistant at Porters Chapel and St. Aloysius.

On his opponent, Busby wasn’t as nervous as he was uncertain. Park Place spent the last two seasons playing eight-man football and is making the transition to 11-man this year. The Crusaders were just 2-8 last season.

Busby said Park Place’s switch to 11-man has made any game film from last year useless, and any information gleaned from other coaches sketchy. Although it doesn’t figure to be Tallulah’s toughest game of the season, going in nearly blind is causing some unease.

“It’s good and it’s dangerous because they’re unknown in 11-man,” Busby said. “We have to focus in and make sure we know what our responsibilities are. We have to have our stuff fine-tuned because we don’t know what we’re walking into.”