Plain and simple, it's never fun to lose football games. But after a lot hard work and dedication in the offseason, the Saluda Tigers are ready to hit the field and have fun winning ballgames.
Last year's team struggled all season, ending with just 2 wins and even being shutout 3 times. But this Tiger team never stopped fighting. Instead, the team fought until the final whistle blew, a trait that head coach Wayne Bell admires about his squad.
"That's the thing about last year. When you only win two football games, you think you're going to have bad attitudes and kids who come out and not practice very hard," says Bell. "But even last year, the effort our young men gave was tremendous each and every week. Even though we might end up on the short side of the stick sometimes, our kids never gave up."
The biggest and most noticeable difference this year is the strength of the Tigers. The team knew they were smaller many teams they were playing so the team put in a lot of hours in the weight room, hoping it pays off on the gridiron. And with 12 seniors leading the way, this team has some big expectations for 2008.
"I think we got a lot stronger this year and we expect us to have more than 2 wins, more than last year," says senior Tyree Mathis. "And I think we're going to make a playoff push this year."
The push for the playoffs begins with a couple home games for the Tigers, including the opener against a Ware Shoals team that beat Saluda last year by a score of 44 to 7.