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Tygers Looking To Get Even With Cross-Town Rivals

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 10/28/2013

It's been a record breaking season for Mansfield Senior this season. Beginning their campaign at 9-0 for the first time in school history with a chance to finish their regular season at 10-0 with a win over 3-6 Madison on Friday. But the Tygers players and coaches aren't worried about setting school records right now, they're full focus is set on getting even with their bitter cross-town rival.

Last season, an 8-1 Madison team hosted 8-1 Mansfield Senior, with the Tygers looking to lock down a home game in week 11. But on a rainy night on a sloppy Rams Field, Madison not only beat Mansfield Senior, but embarrassed their rival 34-0.

The Tygers certainly haven't forgotten about this and if they were trying to forget, head coach Chioke Bradley reminded them by placing posters reading "34-0" all over the teams training facility and locker room. Bradley says he did it to remind his players that "what happened last year was real", and it didn't take coach long after Mansfield's last game to start focusing on sweet revenge.

"Coach said right after the Lexington game that we want to double that thirty-four-nothing and we definitely want to come out here with a big win." Tygers senior quarterback Jalen Reese says.

Reese has been phenomenal this season, completing 137 of 228 passes for 1,958 yards and 18 TD's to just 4 Int's and also has 3 rushing scores. But despite the great year on the field, Reese says when he's out "doing every day things" he still has to hear about "the thirty-four-nothing butt whooping" the Rams gave him last year.

Senior wideout Mario Davison says the Madison players make sure it comes up whenever they run into each other. "Every time we see them they bring up that loss." Davison says. "Hopefully we get to return the favor this year and we get a whole year to talk to them."

But it's not just the Madison players and student body that have been razzing the Mansfield Senior players for last years debacle, junior center Cole Kiser says even his own classmates have been giving them a hard time.

"Around school everybody's telling us that we got beat and we don't want that to happen again." Kiser says. But this go around Kiser believes things will be different, saying, "We're gonna play tough defense, great offense and we're gonna get it done."

You can catch the Tygers and Rams game from Arlin Field on WMFD's Game of the Week Friday at midnight and again Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m.

   
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