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Undefeated Tygers To Host In Week 11

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 11/4/2013

For the first time since Mansfield Senior made consecutive trips to the playoffs in 2000, '01 and '02, the Tygers will play during week 11 in back to back seasons against Licking Heights on Friday. But unlike last November when Mansfield Senior was on the road to open the postseason, the Tygers will host their opponent at Arlin Field.

"I think it's a huge difference." Mansfield Senior head coach Chioke Bradley says of getting to play at Arlin Field.

Bradley says his kids feed off of playing in front of their home fans and family members and that it's a great opportunity to be able to do so.

The Tygers finished the regular season at 10-0 for the first time in program history with a 45-16 win over cross-town rival Madison last Friday, securing the 4th seed in Division II Region 5. Mansfield's closest contest of the year came back in week 7 in a 23-17 win over West Holmes, a team that is very similar to the Hornets squad they will face on Friday.

Like the Knights, Licking Heights runs the ball roughly 90% of their offensive snaps. Which makes the key to slowing down their offense very simple for Bradley and his staff.

"We gotta stop the run." Bradley says. "I mean, flat out, we just gotta stop the run."

Bradley says the Hornets have a pair of hard-nosed backs, very similar to West Holmes tandem of Luke Ogi and Layne Perone, and a shifty quarterback that can run as well. But the Tygers have a plethora of offensive weapons themselves and Bradley says they will be called upon to do their jobs on Friday night.

"Players gotta make plays." Bradley says. "If you get an opportunity to make a play you got to make it. I tell our kids all the time, "when the phone rings, you gotta answer." So we're gonna make a lot of phone calls Friday and our kids gotta be ready to answer the phone."

You can catch all the action between the Tygers and Hornets Friday at midnight and again Saturday morning at 8:30 on the WMFD Game of the Week.

   
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