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Tigers aim for region win over rival PHS

The McKenzie Tigers pulled off a region win over a top-10 team last week, and the Tigers have another big region game coming up this week against Pleasant Home.

There is a bit of history between the two schools in recent years.

In 2006, Pleasant Home beat McKenzie 30-0.

Last year, the Tigers responded with a 56-0 beatdown of the Eagles.

“This is a good rivalry game,” said head coach Miles Brown. “In recent years, Georgiana hasn’t been on the schedule and Pleasant Home has been our rivalry game.”

There is also another layer to the rivalry – before coming to McKenzie, Brown was a coach at Pleasant Home.

“Both sides will be playing with a lot of emotion,” he said. “I expect the unexpected from the Pleasant Home staff. I figure they’ll pull every trick out of the book.”

Brown also said that the Eagles have the players to pull off the win, and the Tigers have to be prepared, especially after such a big win over Ariton.

“You’ve got to work after a big win,” Brown said. “You’ve got to keep your focus. And there’s going to be a bullseye on you after a beat a top 10 team.”

“We’ve got to keep getting better and correct the mistakes we made,” he added.

Kickoff against Pleasant Home is set for 7 p.m. in Pleasant Home.

“It’ll be a good game because both sides are going to be playing all out,” Brown said.