Tigers muscle up during fundraiser

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Since taking the helm as head football coach of the Greenville High School Tigers, Bryant Vincent has had his hands full taking a group of young men who won only two games in the last two years and turning them back into winners.

One of the first steps in that progression, getting his players dedicated to working in the gym, showed promise Thursday as the Tigers showed some muscle during a Lift-A-Thon held as a fundraiser for new uniforms.

&#8220As a team they really stepped up and did a great job,” said Vincent, who came to Greenville from Spain Park High School where he served as offensive coordinator. &#8220We had guys going up anywhere from 20 to 110 pounds. The 60-plus pound gains were in squats. Power clean and bench ranged from 10 pounds to 50 pounds.”

Vincent said there were two players who really stood out among the others in their strength gains.

&#8220Pat Peagler went from 320 to 355 on his bench and from 230 to 260 on his power clean,” he said. &#8220He really showed improvement on his squat going from 455 to 565. That's the strongest squat I've ever seen in high school that I've been a part of.”

Peagler's position hasn't been finalized yet, but Vincent said he will play offensive or defensive line.

Vincent also recognized Tom Powell, who improved 50 pounds on this bench press going from 225 to 275 and went from 240 to 270 on his power clean. Powell also showed a marked improvement in his squat going from 400 to 505.

While Vincent said he doesn't have a final total on how much money was raised, he's happy with the results.

&#8220It's a good sign,” he said.