Williams, Tigers looking to #8216;make a statement#039;

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 20, 2005

One win does not a season make, but there's no doubt in Greenville coach Mike Williams’ mind that it was a step in the right direction.

The Tigers broke into the win column for the first time this season with an 8-6 victory over Booker T. Washington to break an eight-game losing skid that dates back late October of last year.

&#8220The (win) was a shot in the arm for all of us, coaches and players alike,” Williams said. &#8220(The players) needed a boost of confidence.”

But does one win mean that Greenville's football program has turned the corner?

&#8220I don’t think one win would, but two wins in a row would make a statement,” Williams said.

The Tigers (1-7) have the chance to pick up its second win in a row this Friday against a struggling Russell County squad. The Warriors dropped to 2-6 on the season after getting thumped by Wetumpka, 30-12.

&#8220They've really got a good football team. Look at the scoreboard and the record and you won't be impressed, but they have my attention that's for sure,” Williams said.

Although Williams is wary of the Warriors, he also knows that his club looks to be an odds-on favorite to win on paper.

Even though it's been almost a full calendar year since Greenville has won a game, that lone game came in a shutout victory over Russell County.

&#8220That was a year ago and a lot of things have happened since then,” Williams said. &#8220… I don't want to put any more pressure on us, but do I think we should win? Yes.”

The same problems Greenville has encountered over the course of the season is what Russell County has had to endure. The Warriors have often shot themselves in the foot with untimely turnovers on offense, while giving up big plays defensively.

But that was not the case for the Tigers in their win over Booker T. Washington.

&#8220We made the plays we needed to defensively,” Williams said. &#8220We had several interceptions, and we made some huge tackles behind the line of scrimmage in critical situations. Offensively, when we absolutely needed to make a play, we did.”

But Williams isn't putting a ‘W' in the win column just yet.

&#8220They have a good football team,” he said. &#8220They have got a big offensive and defensive line. They run a lot of misdirection plays. The only reason they haven't had success is because they have stopped themselves.”

Williams said the key to Friday will be how well the Tiger offense executes. Since Russell County is prone base with an eight-man front, Williams expects to put the ball in the air.

That has been Greenville's Achilles heel until last week. The Tigers have not been very effective with its passing game until Friday night when Lynn Lewis hit Isiah Mack on a 24-yard touchdown strike.