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Mansfield Senior Making History

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 10/7/2013

The 2013 Tygers football team is making history this season, by accomplishing what the school's previous 80 teams could not. Mansfield Senior is off to a 6-0 start in 2013 and will be looking to make more history this Friday with a win over 5-1 West Holmes.

A victory for the Tygers at Arlin Field this week would be the first 7-0 start for the program since 1923. In order to knock off the Knights however, the Mansfield defense will have to find a way to shut down the best running back tandem in the area.

West Holmes' Luke Ogi and Layne Perone have already combined for more than 2,000 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns this season, accounting for 339 yds and 4 scores last week against 4-2 Orrville. The Knights are the only team in the OCC that have scored more points than Mansfield Senior this season (259-247), which is why Tygers players are excited for the challenge.

"They're a solid team." Tygers senior LG Dustin Cushing says. "They'll probably be one of the most solid teams we'll see all year and I think it's gonna be a real good game."

"It's gonna be a pretty big game." Says sophomore running back Tyquan Vickers. "They're gonna bring a packed house over there so we're gonna try to show up and put points on the board."

Mansfield Senior has certainly done that this season, scoring over 41 points per game. A big part of that has been the offensive line, which was the biggest concern for the team entering the season. But Cushing says the offensive front took those questions about the unit and used them as motivation.

"People had said we were going to be the weakest link of the team and we took that as a cheap shot at us and we stepped it up." Cushing says.

Vickers says the big guys work hasn't gone unnoticed and along with the Tygers potent passing attack, is the reason he's averaging over 150 yards and a score every game.

"My offensive line, they've been so great I just give all the credit to them." Vickers says. "Jalen [Reese] is slanging that thing around, everyone's getting open and scoring touchdowns and it's opened the run game up for me a lot."

Although Mansfield Senior's offense has been one of the best in the area, the Tygers defense has been equally as stingy this season. Mansfield is giving up just 13 points per game and has allowed an average of 4.7 PPG over their last three.

The Tygers had shut out two straight opponents before surrendering 14 to Ashland last Friday. Preparing for the Arrows spread offense passing attack last week is much different than getting ready for running attack of the Knights.

"It's a whole different game." Tygers senior LB/RB Travon Harris says. "We just need to stop the run and tackle well."

Harris was surprised to hear his team had accomplished something no Tygers team had since 1933, but says the success they're having is an awesome experience.

"It's lovely to be sitting on top." Says Harris. "We just got to keep pushing ourselves and keep going hard."

The Knights vs Tygers game will be showcased on the WMFD Game of the Week and can be seen Friday at midnight and again at 8:30 Saturday morning.

   
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