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Tigers to celebrate homecoming

It’s homecoming week for the McKenzie Tigers, and their opponent is the 0-3 Pleasant Home Eagles, but head coach Miles Brown is not underestimating PHS.

“To be 0-3, they do a lot of things well,” he said. “They execute what they’re coached to do. On all the film we’ve seen, the breaks just haven’t gone their way. They’re pretty doggone good.”

One thing the Eagles have working for them is size.

“They’ve got a huge front line,” said Brown, who added that PHS probably averages 6-2, 260 across the front.

One of the Eagles’ losses came to an Ariton team that McKenzie beat handily last week, but Brown said the outcome of that game could very well have been different.

“Ariton managed to score on a couple of busted plays and that turned the tide of the game,” he said. “They’re a really good football team, and we’ve got to be physical and execute. We need to do what we do and not let them dictate us.”

Running back Armond Ball missed last week’s game with the flu, but he is expected to be back this week.

“Overall, we don’t have as many people sick this week, and injury-wise, we’re getting better,” Brown said.

Kickoff for the game is set for 7 p.m. with homecoming festivities throughout the day and at halftime.