Tigers still looking for first victory

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 9, 2004

Rick Couch

The Greenville Tigers came up short again in their 48-32 loss to Wetumpka, but they did take some positives.

The Tigers never quit and even battled to within a 42-32 score after trailing 28-6 at the half. The Tigers also found their passing game with several deep shots and short passes connecting in the second half.

This week the Tigers hope to start as fast as they finished when they face region foe Eufala. The Tigers catch Eufala at a good time after their 20-0 blanking by Charles Henderson. Eufala is on the ropes, but that could make them a more dangerous opponent.

Greenville High School Head Coach Alvin Briggs said he was more concerned with getting his team ready than Eufala's record.

"We just have to improve on our mistakes from last week," said Briggs. "This is a big region game for us and we have to get ready. This is the first step for us to get into the playoffs."

Briggs said there were too many simple mistakes made last week and the first step to getting better would be to correct them.

"That is the biggest thing," said Briggs. "We have to overcome the mistakes we made last week. They are simple and we should be able to correct them."

The Tigers proved they could score points as they blew up in the second half for 26 points. However, by allowing Wetumpka to jump to a

22-point halftime lead the Tigers had put their backs against the wall.

This week Briggs hopes to avoid the same fate.

"We can't dig a hole like we did last week," said Briggs. "We showed a lot of life in the second half, but we had already dug a hole. We dug that hole and we just couldn't get out of it."

For the first time this season the Tigers will get to be the home team. After two straight road contests the Tigers finally stay off the bus and defend their home turf.

Briggs said mental preparation would be the key to a Tiger win no matter where they played.

"I've just been trying to get them focused mentally," said Briggs. We need to mentally prepare and correct all our mistakes."

Kickoff for the Eufala game is 7 p.m.