Tigers gear up for Russell Co.

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 20, 2004

The Greenville High Tigers are still searching for their first win of the season.

Friday night will be their best opportunity to find it as they play host to Russell County High School.

"Russell County has a couple of victories up under their belt," said Alvin Briggs, coach of the Greenville Tigers.

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"They are a young team, like we are. Struggling just like we have been. Like I've done the last seven weeks, I think we've got a chance to win and I believe if we do the things we are supposed to do then we will win."

Friday night will also be the Tigers homecoming.

"I know being homecoming will give the seniors some extra incentive," Briggs said.

"Hopefully I can get these young guys excited about winning homecoming for the seniors and get them to play hard."

The Tigers who enter the game 0-7 will end their season with Charles Henderson and then 4A Demopolis, both teams have been ranked in their respective class's top 10 polls.

"We have a chance to do something to Charles Henderson. But right now we want to take care of Russell County and get that first win," Briggs said.

The Tigers came within minutes of picking up that first win last Friday against Booker T. Washington High.

But with minutes left, the squad from Tuskeegee posted two quick scores, the nail in the coffin stemming from a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown.

"Booker T. was a very athletic team," Briggs said.

"Like the previous seven games, we had our chances late in the ball game and couldn't make tackles and couldn't punch it in on offense. It's just as easy as blocking and tackling and we have improved with that."

"We came out and scored first at Booker T. and did some things well early in the game."

"And we almost put four quarters together. We are still young and we are getting better as a team. These guys are still fighting and scratching and they know they can play well and they believe they can play well."

The Golden Eagles picked up the 25-13 victory to remain in playoff contention.

Kickoff for the Tigers homecoming is set for 7:30.

The festivities for homecoming week kick off Thursday with the parade beginning at 6 p.m. It will begin at the courthouse. Fro m there it will end it Greenville High Stadium.

Following the parade Greenville fans will have the opportunity to cheer their Tigers on.

A pep rally and bon fire is slated to begin at 7 p.m. and will be on the visitors side of Greenville High Stadium.

The 2004 homecoming court will make their debut Friday at the pep rally scheduled for sixth and seventh peeriods.