Tigers to face winless Charles Henderson

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Charles Henderson coach Hugh Fountain knows everything about rebuilding a football team.

The Trojans lost 22 seniors from a year ago and now they are still looking for their first win of the season.

Greenville coach Mike Williams can identify with Fountain since his young Tigers also are looking for their first win of the season after suffering a 42-6 thumping at Eufaula on Friday.

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"We just need to keep working at getting better at blocking and tackling," Williams explained. "I see that as our big weakness right now."

Eufaula pushed Greenville around most of the night rushing for 374 yards of total offense, while limiting Williams' Tigers to 126 yards. Greenville's ground game also was slowed after senior tailback Isiah Mack rushed for more than 100 yards the week before. The Tigers' ground game was limited to just 27 yards rushing on 30 carries.

So how does coach looking for his first win avoid a sense of frustration?

"You have to be a very tough person mentally," Williams said. "It's a mental challenge, but that comes with the territory. You know that when you get into coaching."

The challenge Friday night from Charles Henderson will be the play of its quarterback Jared Loftin and wide receivers like Demonte King.

Williams expects the Trojans' will try to spread the field vertically and laterally with the play of their senior quarterback.

"They will try to catch you sleeping and on your heels," Williams said.

Rashad Knight has been a bright spot for Greenville on offense at wide receiver, but could be out for Friday's game.

Williams said that Knight suffered an ankle sprain that may keep him on the sidelines for this Friday's game.

Although Charles Henderson has been victims of not-so-close losses, Williams said that the scores don't reflect the type defense the Trojans have.

"They are a good team defensively," he said. "You take away some turnovers and (Charles Henderson) is in each of their ballgames."