Greenville awaits Golden Eagle ground attack

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 14, 2005

In years past the Booker T. Washington Golden Eagles have been known for their aerial assaults, but this season coach Mark Hurt has clipped the wings of the eagles to rely on a sound ground game.

That rushing game is what is a concern of Greenville coach Mike Williams, whose winless Tigers host this Friday night in Tiger Stadium.

&#8221They run the ball quite a bit, but they may throw the ball about 10 to 15 times a game,“ Williams said. &#8221They don't have size along the offensive line or the fullback like Wilcox Central, but they do try to run right at you.“

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Booker T. Washington (2-5) is coming off a 15-12 double-overtime region loss to Wetumpka. Trailing 12-10 in the fourth quarter, Wetumpka picked up a safety to send the game to overtime before the Indians won the game on a 26-yard field goal.

&#8221Of the teams we've played so far, I would say they are equal to Carroll and Wetumpka,“ Williams said. &#8221Of course I would have to say most of the teams in the region are close together with Eufaula just a touch ahead of them all.“

As for Greenville, the Tigers (0-7) have been their own worst enemy. Crucial turnovers allowed for Carroll-Ozark to score 28-unanswered points to come away with a 28-6 victory.

Having fought off a back injury sustained two weeks ago, quarterback Lynn Lewis did start the game. However he was knocked back out of the game. The quarterback situation is growing more thin since converted cornerback Marcus Mickles broke his thumb. Williams said that he may be able to play with a cast only on defense.

Lewis' backup quarterback Tom Powell is gone for the season after suffering a shoulder injury two weeks ago.

So with a tender back and ankles, Lewis continues to be the Tigers' signal-caller with senior quarterback David Stephenson serving as Lewis' backup.

&#8221If anything happens to Lynn, then we'll turn to David to lead this offense,“ Williams said.

Just as in the games before, Williams said the keys to a win over Booker T. Washington are all a matter of blocking and tackling.

&#8221We've got to outblock and tackle our opponent and not give up the big plays like we have in the past,“ Williams said.