Laying it on the Line

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 3, 2003

Greenville High School fans should expect another edgenofnyournseat contest this Friday night.

The Tigers (1n0) will host Carroll of Ozark (0n1) in their first of seven Class 5A, Region 2 games this season.

Last Friday night, GHS defeated Class 6A Smiths Station 18n12 in the final seconds after losing the lead with just over two minutes remaining in the game. The Tigers' head coach Alvin Briggs said his players will have to play with the same intensity to pick up a win over Carroll.

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"We've got to continue with that desire," Briggs said. "We've got a long way to go. This is the first region game of a very, very tough region. We're playing for the region championship and a little revenge. Losing is not an option. We've got to give it everything we've got."

The Tigers fell to the Eagles 18n13 in the final 45 seconds of the game last season. Carroll's head coach Bobby Bennett believes this year's contest also will be a close one.

"It's going to be a chore," Bennett said. "We're going to be out manned and out gunned. We're going to have to throw it more than we have in the past."

Briggs said the Tigers' defense will target Eagles sophomore running back Jason Salter.

"He knows how to cut and knows how to read his blocks," Briggs said. "He's going to be a tough guy to bring down."

Salter ran for over 140 yards in Carroll's 21n12 loss to Class 6A Enterprise. Bennett doesn't believe the Tigers' defense will let them run all over them.

"I don't imagine Greenville's going to allow us the same opportunities that Enterprise did last week, They're defensive front is big and fast and it's going to be hard to run on them. We're so much smaller than they are."

Briggs disagrees. He believes physical size won't play a factor.

"Right now, size doesn't matter as for weight and height, it's the size of the heart," Briggs said. "They're battling for the same thing we're battling for n to win the region. It starts Friday night."

Besides playing solid defense, Briggs said his team will have to eliminate offensive mistakes.

"We just can't make mistakes," Briggs said. "We can't have bad snaps, fumble the ball and miss tackles. We've got to be in the right places at the right time. We've got to give ourselves a chance."

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.