HEATING UP ON THE GRIDIRON: Straughn holds ‘Meet the Tigers’ for fans

Published 12:05 am Saturday, August 18, 2018

Straughn High School fans got a treat on Friday as the football team held a short scrimmage for “Meet the Tigers” night in Straughn.

The evening got started with introductions of the Straughn youth league football teams and their cheerleaders.

After that, the Straughn Middle School football team and cheerleaders were introduced.

The final introduction of the night was the 2018 varsity football team and the cheerleaders.

Once the introductions where out of the way, the Tigers put on a simulated practice for the fans to get a taste of the Tigers will look like on the field this year.

First, the players paired off and held hitting drills on the sideline in front of a cheering crowd.

The Tigers then hit the field for a short scrimmage.

Straughn head coach John Higgins was pleased with the effort he saw, but said there were still things the Tigers needed to improve on before next week’s season opener.

“We are still making some small mistakes that we’ve got to fix,” Higgins said. “We are not good enough to get behind the chains and play teams when it’s first-and-15 or first-and-20 so we have to do the little right.”

Even with the miscues, Higgins said they are all fixable mistakes.

“We’ve got to protect the ball and we’ve got to come off the football and get three or four yards a clip,” Higgins said. “That’s all we are looking for.”

Then the players got after it on the field was something that Higgins said that pleased him.

“The intensity tonight was great and I was pleased with that,” Higgins said. “I was pleased with our physicality. We aren’t tackling well, but we are hitting well. We’re just not wrapping up and doing the things that we need to do. I was pleased with the intensity. I was pleased with the boys’ attitudes and where they are coming off of last year. Last year, was a tough year.”

At the end of the practice, Higgins went over things will his players that they needed to improve.

“We talked about taking care of mistakes,” Higgins said. “We talked about getting rid of mistakes and paying attention to detail. We talk about it all the time. Pay attention to detail. If we don’t pay attention to detail, we have an error and then we get behind the chains. We are not built to get behind the chains.”

Higgins said he liked to see the large crowd in the stands for “Meet the Tigers”.

“I want to thank all of the fans for coming out tonight,” Higgins said. “I hope that they had a good time and that it got them ready for football season.”

Straughn opens up the season at home next Friday (Aug. 24) against Headland.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.