Tornados learn from their mistakes

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 29, 2001

When the Tornados face Sparta Academy on Autrey Field Friday night, they will carry some hard-learned lessons just a mere week old, from their recent game with SMCA.

"We have had the opportunity to review the films from last week's game," said Greenville Academy Head Coach Charles Oswald. "We have identified several areas that we need to improve upon, and I believe they will not cause us any more problems."

Oswald said his team has been working with problems they encountered against SMCA with the snap of the ball.

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"The ball was not being snapped to Adam (Moore) fast enough, and resulted in his being overrun by the defense before he could get the ball off," Oswald said. "I think we have that problem worked out now."

The Tornados do not have any football-related injuries that would put anyone on the bench, although they do have one player who has not been able to practice yet this season.

"Jim Kilpatrick has now been practicing," Oswald said. "He is a starting linebacker, and so his absence from a non-related injury has hurt us, but hopefully the doctors will release him and allow him to play."

Regarding Sparta Academy, Oswald said the Warriors have several players that must play both ways.

"Their team is smaller in numbers than ours is, so they will have fewer reserves to send onto the field - if we can get everyone clicked together into what they are supposed to do, then we should do well," Oswald said. "They now have it in their minds that they can do it."

Sparta and Greenville academies will play Friday at Autrey Field on Academy Drive, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.