Tigers to host undefeated Wetumpka Indians

Published 6:15 pm Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A very good Wetumpka Indians football team will be making its way to Tiger Stadium in what may be the toughest game of the Greenville Tigers’ season thus far.

The Class 6A Indians are not only undefeated heading into their sixth game of the regular season, but they’ve managed to do so by a wide margin.

The smallest margin of victory was the Indians’ 18-point win over Prattville in their season opener.

Since then, no one has come remotely close to slowing a talented backfield that includes SEC-caliber talent.

Greenville head football coach Josh McLendon said that a powerful tandem of offense and defense working in unison is the reason why Wetumpka has been so successful in 2017.

“They’re just really, really explosive on offense, and they play well on defense,” he said.

“They put their offense in good situations, meaning that field position has been on their side. They’ve done a good job of pinning people deep.  They win the field position battle, and obviously if you do that you give your offense a lot of opportunities to score.”

“And they have a good senior class.  They were a good football team last year, and they returned a lot of starters on both sides of the ball.  It’s going to be tough, but it’s going to be a good test for us.”

McLendon said that the key to victory Friday would lie in controlling time of possession and the battle for field position. But more importantly, it would lie in eliminating the various self-inflicted wounds that the Tigers have suffered in recent weeks.

“We’re just trying to make sure that we take care of us, that we get lined up the right way as far as everything they do on offense and limit some of the mistakes we’ve had in the past few weeks with pre-snap penalties, turnovers and things like that,” McLendon said.

“If we can limit those things and continue to improve, then anything can happen.”

The Tigers started their season with an equally tough task of toppling the defending Class 5A state champions, the Beauregard Hornets.  For McLendon, Friday night’s battle with Wetumpka is an equal challenge.  And as such, a win would be similarly huge for the Greenville program.

But McLendon and the Tigers have no interest in building a monument to Friday’s opponent.

“Every game is important, and we want to treat each one the same—it doesn’t matter who we’re playing,” McLendon said.

“[A win] would show us what we’re capable of, and it would give us another victory.  We just want to focus on making sure that we’re doing what we’re supposed to do to try to limit those mistakes that have been holding us back these past few weeks.”

Greenville will host Wetumpka Friday night at Tiger Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.