Tigers to debut new offense

Published 4:26 pm Friday, August 16, 2013

When Greenville High School takes the field Friday night against Vigor High School, coach Earnest Hill will have his eye on a number of things.

The scoreboard is not one of them.

“If we win or lose, it doesn’t really matter,” said the third-year head coach. “If we come away with a win that’s great, but that’s not what we’re focusing on for this game. I just want to see our kids come out and compete.”

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Hill said it won’t take long to see how the Tigers stack up.

“We always want to play the best team we can in a preseason game,” Hill said. “Vigor has a really good team. They probably have three or four Division I-level players on their team. It’s going to be a challenge, but that’s what we want.”

The preseason contest will also give Hill a chance to see the Tigers’ revamped offense in action for the first time.

The Tigers will debut their new pistol offense on Friday.

In the pistol offense the quarterback lines up four yards behind the center rather than seven yards, as with the shotgun formation. The running back lines up three yards directly behind the quarterback, as opposed to next to him as in the shotgun.
University of Nevada head coach Chris Ault developed the pistol offense in 2004 as a way to add a power running game to the spread formation.

“It’s a new scheme for us, so I want to see how our guys react,” Hill said. “We’re going to make some mistakes, but I want to see us move the ball, and I don’t want to see us getting silly penalties from jumping off sides and holding.”

Hill said he wants to see his defense attack the ball.

“I want to see us run to the ball, and be aggressive,” Hill said. “We’ve got a lot of new faces on that side of the ball, so I want to see how our guys up front play and I want to see our linebackers make the calls and get everyone lined up in the right place.”

The Tigers and the Wolves will face off at 6 p.m Friday at Tiger Stadium.