Greenville getting ready for revenge

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Greenville High Tigers closes out the last full week of practice Friday with a Black and Gold intra-squad scrimmage at Tiger Stadium and head coach Bryant Vincent said his team is still looking for the consistency they need to get to the next level.

The scrimmage, which was cut short due to lightning, lasted approximately an hour and a half with the defense dominating most of the workout.

&#8220I think we're searching for consistency on offense,” Vincent said. &#8220And we're not playing with the intensity we need to on defense.”

&#8220We're close, but we're not there yet,” he added.

Although the offense has struggled at times during the spring, Vincent credits some of the learning curve to the swarming Tiger defense.

&#8220We're facing a pretty good defense,” Vincent said of the Tiger offense. &#8220Our defense has potential to be a strong unit, but if we're going to have a chance to be a good offense, we're going to ace good defenses.”

Individually, Vincent said Alex Phifer, who missed most of last season due to an injury, has stepped up big for the Tigers this spring.

&#8220We're going to look for Alex to make a lot of plays for us,” Vincent said.

Vincent also credited the play of Tremaine Brewer, Kenneth Carter and newcomer Jeremy Robinson, who will replace Pat Peagler on the offensive line.

&#8220Jeremy Robinson has had an outstanding spring, but we still need to get him in shape,” Vincent said.

The Tigers will continue practice Monday in preparation for Friday's spring game at Highland Home.

The Tigers lost last season's spring game at home to the flying Squadron, 14-12.

&#8220I think our football team is looking forward to playing Highland Home and I think Highland Home is looking forward to playing us,” Vincent said.

Although last season's team rebounded from the spring loss to go on and finish 10-3, Vincent stressed this is a new team and a new season.

&#8220This is a new football team looking for its identity,” Vincent said. &#8220I want to see how this football team is going to react and I want to see how this team responds.”

While Vincent said he is eager to see how hungry his team is to play, he is equally eager to see how much the city of Greenville is to see the Tigers play.

&#8220I'm interested to see how hungry this town is for football,” Vincent said.

Kickoff for Friday night's spring game at Highland Home is scheduled for 7 p.m.