Tigers win second
Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 9, 2006
From 2004 to 2005, the Greenville Tigers were only able to muster two wins over those two seasons.
That was then, this is now.
Following Friday night's 27-13 win over region foe Booker T. Washington, the Greenville Tigers are now 2-0 heading into next week's region contest at Rehobeth.
“I think this win does a lot for our program, our school and our community,” first-year head coach Bryant Vincent said. “What (our players) have gone through the last two years had to be tough.”
The Tigers got off to a hot start Friday, scoring on the first drive from scrimmage as quarterback Casey Weston took the ball in from three yards out and then added the extra point.
Weston added another score for the Tigers in the first half on a 10-yard sprint, but the Golden Eagles answered with a touchdown to go into the half 14-6.
Greenville once again got on the board in the third quarter when the Tigers elected to go for it on fourth down and Weston delivered a strike to Akeva Owens for the touchdown.
While Weston's two rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown were huge, it was senior running back Brandon Cheatham who stole the show.
Cheatham gave Greenville a 27-6 lead in the second half on a 15-yard touchdown run that all but sealed the second consecutive victory for the Tigers.
“Cheatham is one of the best leaders on our team,” Vincent said. “He is one of the hardest workers and a great kid.”
Cheatham finished the night with 167 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.
“(Cheatham) came out and took over the second half, along with our offensive line,” Vincent said.
To round out the offense, Weston finished the night 7-of-18 for 75 yards and a touchdown through the air and rushed for 55 yards on 12 carries.
Following the game, Weston had nothing but praise for his senior running back.
“(Cheatham) is the hardest worker and he deserves everything he gets,” Weston said. “We have to give credit to the offensive line because they played hard and finished their blocks.”
On the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers forced three crucial back-back-back turnovers in the second half that ended deeps drives by Booker T. Washington.
“I'm proud of how (the defense) stood up in the second half,” Greenville defensive coordinator Ernest Hill said. “We've got a long way to go and we've got to stay hungry.”
Kelcius Pate and Michael Johnson were the leading tacklers for the Tigers with six apiece, while Johnson, Jamontay Pilson and Lynn Lewis each had a fumble recovery.
Marcus Mickles and Tom Powell each had interceptions for the Tigers while William Thomas and Eric Howard each had a sack.
“It's great to see the kids win, but we've got a lot to learn from this win,” Vincent said. “The biggest thing is we have to continue to get better everyday.”
The Tigers return to action Friday night as they travel to Rehobeth. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.