Greenville aims to stay perfect in region

Published 10:02 am Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Greenville Tigers can nearly see the light at the end of the tunnel for the 2014 regular season, and though the team clinched the region title last week with a 30-0 shutout victory over Eufaula, there is still much to prove in the weeks ahead.

Greenville offensive coordinator Jermel Bell said that the emphasis on the new few weeks are on the same skills that got the Tigers where they are.

“We’re just continuing to work on the basics—blocking, tackling, throwing the football, running—we’re still trying to get the system down for our kids this year,” Bell said.

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“Fundamentals are always important.”

This week’s impediment on the road to regional perfection lies in the Rehobeth Rebels, an opponent sitting at the crossroads of a potential postseason.

The Rebels are one win above .500 on the season, but sit at 2-3 in region play, and a win against the Tigers would put them in the playoff picture.

They’ve had some big games, and they’ve been close in a lot of big games,” Bell added.

“I think they’ll be fired up.  It’ll be senior night, going into the playoffs.  I think there will be a lot on the line for those kids, as well as for us.”

Meanwhile, the Tigers’ focus is split three ways: try to stay undefeated in the region, build momentum for the playoffs and, perhaps most importantly, focus on finding something to improve upon each week.

The trick is to keep your eyes on the task at hand, and don’t worry about the future until it becomes the present.

“We balance it by just staying on the small things, and not looking at the bigger picture, but concentrating on the mistakes that we make as well as the positives.  And we hope to build on those positives,” Bell added.

“You have to focus on the game that is coming up because you can be beaten on any given Friday.”

The Tigers aim to stay perfect in the region on the road against Rehobeth Friday night beginning at 7 p.m.