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Tygers Prep For Ashland's Passing Attack

Story By: Brian Skowronski



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  Original Published: 9/25/2012

Mansfield Senior has already exercised one OCC demon in week 4 when they knocked off Clear Fork for the first time in eight years 35-15 at the Corral. The Tygers will now try to get the Ashland monkey off their back, when they host the Arrows on Friday looking for their first win in the rivalry since 2005.

Mansfield Senior head coach Chioke Bradley says, "Offensively and defensively we're playing extremely physical. We just take it one week at a time and it's Ashland week, so that's the next guy on our minds."

Bradley says it won't be easy dealing with the Arrows passing attack, but believes they can scheme against it on Friday if the kids work hard at it Monday through Thursday.

"If we can produce some good days throughout the week at practice, we should be able to do some good things on Friday." Bradley says.

But nobody as of yet has been able to slow down the area's premeire passing attack. Arrows quarterback Tyson Vogel has already thrown for 1,715 yards and 14 scores, averaging an impressive 343 yards and nearly 3 touchdown passes per game.

Senior cornerback Matt Robinson acknowledged the difficult task at hand, but thinks the Tygers can defend against the Arrows attack if his secondary can stay on the same page.

"We just got to communicate the whole game and let each other know what we're doing and what coverages we're running." In regards to outscoring the Arrows Robinson says, "It all starts on defense because first we have to stop them. But in the end we just got to keep our tempo up and keep going at them"

One of the guys that can help keep the Tygers playing fast is senior wide receiver Keon Johnson, who made his return to the gridiron this season after taking off his sophomore and junior years. Johnson hasn't missed a beat with the time off, racking up 22 receptions for 311 yards and 2 TD's through just the first four weeks of the season. But Johnson says it's not so much the individual numbers that are fullfilling, it's getting the winning feeling back at his school.

"It feels good to come back with a winning record." Johnson says. "The last couple of years we weren't too good, but senior year we've started good so we just got to keep it going."

The Tygers will get an opportunity to keep their three game winning streak going when they host the Arrows at Arlin Field Friday at 7:00 p.m. The Tygers have not won four straight since 2001, when they finished 8-2 and went to the playoffs. Fans of Mansfield Senior are hoping this years Tygers can do the same.



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