Tornados travel to face Patriots

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 5, 2001

While looking at films from the Pike Liberal Arts at Ft. Dale Academy game, Greenville Academy Head Coach Oswald was planning his strategies for this week's practices.

"They (Patriots) are certainly a big team," Oswald said, as he and Defensive Coordinator Gary Wayne Owens watched the film. "I can see that we will have to keep working on our blocking assignments, because they can really move the ball."

Oswald said the same is still true this week as it was last week.

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"Our team just needs to keep concentrating on playing assignment football. If the assignment says a player should go a certain way and cover a certain man, that is what he will have to do n not decide upon himself to go in another direction, leaving the man with the ball wide open."

Oswald said Pike Lib has a good quarterback, with a good arm.

"They throw the ball a lot, and will probably be throwing the ball a lot with us n that could hurt us n but we are going to try to run n I think that's where we will be good against them," he said. "We have also been playing our guys a little out of their ordinary positions, because Ryan Conway was out on medical leave n but I think we will have that worked out also. We will mainly be working on hitting instead of tapping, and also on remembering our assignments."

The Tornados will kickoff with the Patriots in Troy on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.