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Tigers to face down Warriors
Hang On! Demario Day breaks through the tackle while a Bulldog hangs onto his jersey in this past Friday’s 28-0 victory against Beach. The Tigers visit the Jenkins Warriors tonight at 7:30. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
The Tigers face a tough regional opponent as they travel to Savannah and take on the Jenkins Warriors tonight.
The defense will have to step up to the plate and hold the Warriors’ senior running back, Franklin Green, to low yardage. They need to avoid him running up the yards and the score.
Green has rushed for 691 yards on 52 carries so far this season and has scored nine touchdowns. Green is already committed to the University of Florida next year.
Last year, the Tigers defeated the Warriors in a close 20-13 competitive match. Historically, the Tigers have defeated the Warriors every year since 2001.
The Warriors come into the match undefeated this season at 3-0. They allowed only six total points scored against them and have 118 total points scored. The Tigers have allowed 64 points against them and have scored 56 points this season. The Tigers are 1-3 overall but 1-0 in the region after their successful shutout over Beach this past Friday.
The Tigers will need to execute the offense and continue to mix the running and passing game to keep the Warriors’ defense at bay.
“If we go to Savannah and execute against Jenkins, we will be fine,” head coach Jim Walsh said. “But if we go and struggle, it will be a dog fight. Our offense continues to improve and we opened up our passing game. Right now we are averaging 65 snaps per game, which is almost unheard of in a high school team, and we now average 16 passes per game.”
Offensive coordinator Aaron Mock said in addition to being physical, the Tigers had to keep their head in the game and stay focused.
“We need to eliminate our mental mistakes, he said. “Jenkins is the second best team in our region next to Camden County, so we need to be mentally ready. They have two running backs that are already committed to colleges, Green being one of them. Defensively, we did good at holding him last year but this a new Jenkins team,” he said.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Tigers return home to Olvey Field on Oct. 12 to play Windsor Forest. It is the Tigers’ homecoming game and it will be broadcast live on WOAH 106.3 FM. Tickets at the gate are $7.
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