Tigers prepare for capable Rehobeth team

Published 6:16 pm Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Misfortune, from unexpected injuries to untimely penalties, plagued the Greenville Tigers in last week’s game with Charles Henderson.

And though the specter of Friday night’s injuries could very well loom into this week, Greenville head football coach Josh McLendon is confident that his team will return to 100 percent soon.

“Everyone else should be good; Javion Posey is day-to-day,”  McLendon said.

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“And he’s going to be fine.”

McLendon added that, in light of losing your starting quarterback in the opening quarter of your first region game, it behooves a coach to not only come with a strong game plan, but also to have a plan B, plan C and so on.

“You just have to make the best of it, get some other people some reps and hopefully have your backups ready,” he added. “You’ve just got to have two or three plans, if you can, depending on what might happen, and just go from there.”

The Tigers face an unexpected challenge in the Rehobeth Rebels on the road Friday.  The Tigers handily took care of the Rebels in 2016, but managing the same feat will prove demonstrably tougher in 2017.

The Rebels sit at 3-1 overall and 2-0 in region play.  The Rebels’ pair of region victims—Headland and Booker T. Washington—only scored a combined 8 points on Rehobeth’s defense.

While McLendon acknowledged that they’re a better team than before, he has instead chosen to focus on the factors that only the Tigers can change.

“They’re definitely much improved,” McLendon said. “They’re playing well.  It seems like they’re firing on all cylinders right now and doing a good job.

“But we’ve got to worry about ourselves right now and make sure we’re doing what we’re supposed to do. If we do that, I feel good about our chances against anybody.”

Some of the mistakes the Tigers aim to iron out are mental mistakes that resulted in costly penalties Friday, including a few flags that erased stops earned by the Tigers defense.

“I think it’s just being more disciplined overall on both sides of the ball,” McLendon said.

“Sometimes you have effort penalties, and those guys are just playing really hard.  Sometimes you just have to understand the situation in the game and what you can and can’t do, and understanding that one or two plays can have a huge impact on the entire game.  And we’re hopefully more mindful of those situations.”

The Tigers travel to Rehobeth Friday for its second region game.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.