Lack of depth hurts Greenville in loss to Jaguars

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 29, 2005

If ever there was a more fitting quote, it would have to be that of former Alabama coach Mike DuBose saying that his team "isn't very deep from a depth standpoint."

The same can be said of Mike Williams Greenville Tiger football team which heads back into Region 2, Class 5A action Friday with Stanhope Elmore.

The lack of depth was never so more evident than in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game at Wilcox Central.

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The Tigers (0-5) went into the half with a 6-0 lead and then gave up two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including the game-winner with 2:05 left to play in their 12-6 defeat.

"Depth got us into trouble," Williams said. "We needed a few more players in a couple of spots, and I noticed they were able to sub in more players than we were able to in some areas. But that's the hand we've been dealt, so we have to deal with it."

Brandon Cheatham scored the Tigers' lone touchdown with 4:36 left in the first half on a 5-yard jog to cap a five-play, 30-yard drive.

Greenville's short scoring drive was set up by one of three first-half fumbles by Wilcox Central.

The Jaguars tied the game up with 6:49 left in the game on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Kelsey Moton to cap a 93-yard, 16-play drive. Cleveland Coles, who rushed for 129 yards on 19 carries, scored the game-winning touchdown with just over two minutes to play on an 18-yard sprint through the heart of the Tigers' defense.

Greenville now faces a Stanhope Elmore team (2-2) that is coming off a stinging 47-7 loss to this week's No. 1 team in Class 6A, Prattville.

The Mustangs were held scoreless until less than five minutes left in the game when they recorded their only touchdown of the game against Prattville's reserves. Stanhope Elmore also was held to less than 100 yards of total offense and minus-1 yard rushing.

"They don't have the biggest offensive line we've seen this season, but they will be a tough test for us," Williams said.

As for Greenville, fatigue became a big factor in the final quarter. The Tigers tallied just 132 yards of total offense on the night, while Wilcox Central's running backs combined for 344 yards on 50 carries.

While Isiah Mack has jumped out to be a threat for Greenville each week, Mustangs coach Jeff Foshee said he sees Tigers quarterback Lynn Lewis as a huge threat.

"Every year we play them, Greenville always has some size to them, but their quarterback is extremely athletic," Foshee said. "Š The key for us defensively will be for us to contain their quarterback. He certainly is a threat when he gets outside the pocket."