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Greenville looking to learn from past

Published 8:12am Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The past is in the past for Greenville High School head coach Earnest Hill and the Tigers.

Last week’s narrow loss to Anniston has been recorded in the books, and Hill and company are looking forward to the next challenge.

And though Hill is content not to dwell on the past, it doesn’t mean that he isn’t willing to learn from it.

“I was really impressed with my team’s no-quit attitude,” Hill said. “I wish we could’ve gotten started a little earlier, and we’ve got to learn to be a team that can play all four quarters.”

After all, playing all four quarters doesn’t seem to be a problem for the Tigers’ opponent this week, the Satsuma Gators.

Despite losing to Gulf Shores by a two-touchdown margin, Hill said that he was impressed with the amount of effort the Gators showed throughout the entire game.

Moreover, the Gators have a veteran at the helm in new head coach Scott Rials.

Rials set a school record at Elba High School in 2011 by leading the Tigers to a 15-0 season that culminated in a Class 2A state championship.

For a young Satsuma team, neither discipline nor effort will be a concern.

And despite Greenville’s defeating Satsuma handily last year, the past remains in the past.

The second game of the year marks a fresh slate for both teams.

More importantly, week two marks Greenville’s first region opponent, and though this game isn’t necessarily any more important than the games to come on a schedule packed with difficult opponents, it’s one that Hill aims to tackle gradually and with a level head.

“Every game is important,” Hill added. “We’ve been in this situation before, and we’ve just got to take this season one game at a time.”

Greenville and Satsuma will square off at 7 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.

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