Tigers focused for Black and Gold game

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Following the Greenville Tigers' first scrimmage of the season Friday night, Greenville head coach Bryant Vincent said the Tigers have been focusing on installing most of the play book this week as they prepare for another scrimmage Friday.

&#8220(Monday) was kind of an installation day,” Vincent said. &#8220We've installed most phases on offense and defense and I hope to have 50-60 percent of our packages in by Thursday.”

During Friday's scrimmage Vincent said the offense stepped up and made long, sustaining drives in the first half while the defense made key stops and big plays in the second half.

&#8220I saw positive things on both sides of the ball,” Vincent said.

Individually, Vincent said the biggest surprise of all has come from a newcomer.

&#8220A kid who is probably the biggest surprise of the spring is Darel Carter,” Vincent said of the first-year wide receiver. &#8220He has been a pleasant surprise, playing only one week.”

Vincent also praised several linemen who he feels are getting better everyday.

&#8220Andrew Gibson and Sam Durbin have made tremendous strides,” Vincent said.

On the defensive side of the ball, Vincent said Derrick Brown has been a bright spot recently while Akeeva Owens and Jamontay Pilson continue to dominate.

&#8220I could talk about Akeeva Owens and Jamontay Pilson every time,” Vincent said.

The Tigers will conclude practice this week with a Black and Gold scrimmage Friday at 5 p.m. Before and during the scrimmage, Tigers Den parking spots will be on sale along with a Tiger Pride booster club membership drive.

Greenville will conclude spring practice May 18 at Highland Home.