Saluda hoping new head coach, attitude equals wins

By: Matt Barnes Email
By: Matt Barnes Email

Last year, the Tigers went 4-6 but ask the players and they'll tell you that record doesn't reflect just how good of a team they were.

In fact, last year, 3 of the team's losses came by a combined 19 points. This year, they're looking to change that. Former Strom Thurmond assistant Doug Painter takes over as head coach and he's got some good players to work with. Now, it's just a matter of getting this team over the proverbial hump and into the playoffs.

"We've just got to have a lot of hard work from our seniors and as long as we come together and play hard like we always do, we should be pretty good," said senior receiver Westley Ouzts.

"We gotta be more consistent. We gotta be able to make first downs," said Painter. "You know, 3rd and 3, 3rd and 4. We don't have to score everytime but sometimes, we gotta be able to hold the ball and be able to change field positions. And if we do that, we'll be able to make some things happen."

Runningback Keke Clark and quarterback Drey Mitchell return on offense. The weak spot may be the line, where the team is a bit thin so staying healthy will definitely be a key for the Tigers.

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