Greenville hosts Selma; Tigers look for another win

Published 6:04 pm Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Last week, the Greenville Tigers were going to head back to the drawing board against Monroe County, and that paid dividends with a big win Friday night.

This week, Greenville faces a challenge when Selma High School comes to town.

The Saints come into the game with a 3-0 record, while the Tigers stand at 1-2.

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Overlooking the overall record, the region record is the one Greenville is focusing on and this game will be key.

“This is a region game, and there will only be three more region games after this,” Blackmon said. “We got a very big one against Monroe County Friday. If we could pick up another one, we’d be 2-1 in the region and closer to our playoff goal.”

Every region game is especially important to Greenville because their region only has seven teams instead of the usual eight.

Blackmon said he was pleased with his team’s improved performance against Monroe County.

“Defensively, we played well and only gave up one deep ball,” he said. “We also did a good job of shutting down the run.”

The offense also played well for the Tigers, and that started with quarterback Ryan Smith.

Smith started the game by completing his first 11 passes and ended the game 14-18 for 215 yards and two touchdowns. On the other side, Smith also had an interception and two fumbles.

“He had a good night,” Blackmon said.

Greenville’s defense will have to have another good night against Selma.

“They show up in the I-formation, but they also run the spread and they have a very athletic quarterback,” Blackmon said. “They do a good job of running the ball.”

Injuries are also a concern for the Tigers.

Linebacker Patrick Bedgood suffered a concussion against Monroe County and will be out for 7-10 days before resuming practice.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Tiger Stadium in Greenville.