Hill expects better team chemistry

Published 5:00 pm Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Greenville High School’s Earnest Hill isn’t a chemistry teacher, but the second-year head coach knows that having a single element missing from a chemical equation changes a substance’s entire make up.

That was the case for the Tigers in their season-opening loss to Anniston High School. Greenville (0-1) was forced to play its opener without five starters who were ruled academically ineligible for the contest because their grades didn’t arrive to the Alabama High School Athletic Association at least five days prior to the game. Hill said all five players will be eligible for Greenville’s showdown with Satsuma High School Friday night.

“Even with those guys out Friday night, I feel like we made strides, but the chemistry wasn’t there,” Hill said. “Guys are used to having certain players out there and when they weren’t out there we had some guys second guessing themselves. We’ll have those five guys back this week, and that should help our chemistry out.”

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Hill said the keys for the Tigers rebounding from last week’s loss will be eliminating mistakes and doing a better job of getting the ball in the hands of senior wide receiver Kent Riley.

“We definitely need to get Kent more touches,” Hill said. “We didn’t get him the ball enough. We’re not as worried about Satsuma as we are ourselves. We need to correct our mistakes. If we do that we should be OK.”

Satsuma (0-1), which dropped a 40-6 decision to Gulf Shores High School last week, will host Greenville. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.