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Tigers looking to avoid letdown against MCHS

With a big win over Carver behind them, the Greenville Tigers are now turning their attention to the Monroe County Tigers.

Monroe is winless so far this season, but Greenville coach Ben Blackmon said he hopes to avoid a letdown.

“I’m not worried about that,” he said. “Hopefully we’ve got a mature enough group to avoid that. I told them on Monday that this week will define us as a team. How we approach this game will decide if we’re a contender or a pretender.”

“We need to approach this game with the same mentality that we did the first two,” Blackmon added.

Monroe County has a new head coach, and Blackmon said they are playing with intensity.

“They’re a scrappy team, and they’re playing hard and running to the ball on defense,” he said. “They had some key turnovers against W.S. Neal, and without those, they had a shot at winning that game.”

Greenville is also fighting the injury bug.

A big blow to the Tigers came against Carver when Fernandez Grey broke his ankle.

Grey is expected to miss 8-10 weeks because of the injury.

A win over Monroe County would also put the Tigers in a nice position in the region standings.

“We’re still in region play, and this game is just as important as the last two,” Blackmon said.

Kickoff will be at Tiger Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday.