Next up for McKenzie: New Brockton

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 17, 2007

After meeting with his assistant coaches Sunday and with the players Monday, McKenzie head football coach Miles Brown said the Tigers practiced longer than usual Monday as they worked out problems from Friday's Blue-White scrimmage.

Although he saw many things the Tigers needed to work on, Brown also said he saw many positive things.

&#8220One of the bright sports was the blue team's leadership,” Brown said.

After falling behind 14-0 early, the blue team, led by quarterback Sattrick Rudolph, running backs Curtis and Elrick Ball and receiver Calvin &#8220Scooter” Henderson, rallied to tie the game before both teams swapped scores for the remainder of the game.

The game ended after three quarters with the scored tied at 22-22.

Another bright spot Brown saw was the play of the Tiger underclassmen.

&#8220Being at a small school like McKenzie, our guys get thrown to the fire early,” Brown said.

Although the young players are thrown to the fire early in McKenzie, Brown is hoping all his players will work hard and focus this week instead of just anticipating Friday's spring game against New Brockton.

&#8220They're ready for Friday,” Brown said of his team. &#8220I don't want them to get too excited or intense this early in the week, though.”

In preparing for New Brockton, Brown said the Tigers have worked on stopping the option on defense and just holding onto the football on offense after fumbling several times during the Blue-White game.

&#8220(New Brockton) is going to run the option real [well],” Brown said. &#8220Our defense is going to have to play assignment football.”

Friday's spring game at home against New Brockton is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and a John Deere lawnmower will be raffled off during halftime.