Taking stock of 2004

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Ok sports fans I realize that spring football doesn't start for another few weeks. But, looking through programs of last season has gotten me nostalgic. Think about it, the only way a team can succeed is to look at what they have come from.

For the Greenville High School Tigers, looking at last season could be unbearable. But it could also be a positive for the boys.

Think about it.

The Tigers finished the season with one victory. That's a positive. They won their homecoming game against Russell County. They also received a second victory this spring when Daleville was found to have had an ineligible player. Yet another positive for the men in black.

After finishing with a 2-8 record, the Tigers can go into spring training and basically start from scratch with no pressure to impress anyone. Football is game where progress is sometimes measured by wins and losses. The Tigers can start their winning ways by picking up some hardware in the form of the Battle of Butler County Trophy on May 12.

Greenville will make the trek down I-65 and play four quarters against the Georgiana Panthers.

While we are on the subjects of teams with nothing to lose, take a look at the McKenzie High Tigers.

The Tigers basically started summer workouts coachless and by the time that David Kirkland was named head of the squad, they had very little time to install an offense.

But, that didn't stop them from working the system and improving on the field. Towards the end of the season, their improvements began to show. But now, the senior-less squad will take the field with a year of varsity experience under their belt and a coach who has said that he is going to make the system to where it works.

They were didn't have the luck that Greenville did and pick up a win on a technicality, not that there is anything wrong with that because a win is a win, they will have their chance to erase the losing streak and replace it with the makings of a winning streak when they play four quarters against Kinston in Kinston on May 13.

Either way, what happened in the 2004 season is nothing but tears and memories and it's time for these two teams to look ahead to what's in store for them during 2005.

It's that simple.

Griffin Pritchard is the sports editor of the Greenville Advocate. He can be reached by email at griffin.Pritchard@greenvilleadvocate.com or via phone at 382-3111 ext. 122.