Battle taking backseat to young players

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 12, 2005

Greenville coach Alvin Briggs has a warning for Butler County football fans.

This Saturday's Battle of Butler County will not be what long-time fans remember of years ago.

"We are both in a situation where we are looking to find out where we are and which young players will help us in the fall," Briggs said. "We don't want to get our starters hurt now, because we don't want to take a risk that they may not be able to help us in the fall."

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Briggs is speaking from experience. One of his starting offensive linemen went down to injury last year during the spring game and he saw limited playing time for the remainder of the season.

Although spring practice will conclude Saturday night, the preparation for the upcoming season will continue through this summer, Briggs said.

"Some people think that we hang up the cleats until fall practice, but we're going to have our kids here through the summer for workouts or for team camps," the Tigers head football coach said.

For the past few weeks Greenville Tiger football players have been raising money for team camps to attend this summer. The Tigers washed cars last Saturday to raise money for camps, and they need more fundraisers to raise enough money to go.

"That's the way it is now if you want to win a championship," Briggs said.

Like Georgiana, Greenville is looking to fill holes throughout the team except for the defensive backfield.

The Tigers are looking to fill three holes along the offensive line, find a fullback and quarterback.

Briggs said that the battle for the starting job at quarterback has been heating up, but he still believes he may not have a fulltime starter until the second game of the season. Even then, he said that he may have a two-quarterback system.

"On Saturday, I want to see where we are and what we need to work on when we begin practice again in the fall," Briggs said.

Defensively, the Tigers also are looking for three new starters along the defensive front and a new linebacking corps.

The nucleus of the defense will be in the defensive backfield where Briggs has at least five starters back in the secondary and the rover positions.

"We don't play a game until Aug. 26," Briggs said. "Until then, we'll continue to look at where the new kids will fit in and how they will fall into our scheme."