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Tygers Prep For Eagles After Hornets Shutout

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 11/11/2013

Mansfield Senior will continue their most successful football season in school history after a 24-0 win over Licking Heights in the Division II regional quarterfinals. The Tygers got an impressive effort from their defensive unit in the win over the Hornets, along with a special performance from Robert Jones.

Mansfield's 6' 7' senior wide receiver missed the teams final 6 games of the regular season with a broken hand and didn't expect to return to the football field again this season. But Jones looked far from rusty in his come back game on Friday, hauling in all three Tygers touchdowns against Licking Heights.

"It was big time for me to have a big game like that." Jones says. "The crowd definitely built up my nerves and energy. It was exciting playing in front of crowds like that."

Mansfield Senior will likely play in front of another large crowd on Friday, but likely will not be the same pro-Tygers mass the team experienced in the playoff opener at Arlin Field. Senior High will play 10-1 New Albany in their regional semifinal in the Eagles backyard at Olentangy Liberty. But Tygers head coach Chioke Bradley says if his team plays well, it doesn't matter who or where they play.

"We'll play anybody in the state anywhere." Bradley says. "If we play our game and bring intensity and execute the game plan, the sky's the limit for this program."

Tygers senior linebacker Jaleel Taylor, who leads the team with 96 tackles and 10.5 sacks, says his defense did a great job executing their game plan against the Hornets and made a statement by pitching a shutout. Taylor says the defensive unit is still improving here in week 12, in part because of the talent and also because of the brotherhood.

"We're great friends that at the same time play football." Taylor says of his teammates. "When we come together we make great things happen."

Mansfield will have to come together and deliver a solid performance Friday against the top-ranked team in their region. Bradley says New Albany will certainly be a tough opponent for his kids and they need to be ready for the challenge.

"We just got to step our game up and match their intensity." Bradley says . "They play great football down there, they're a traditionally rich football program and we're just gonna go down there and do our best."

The Tygers and Eagles will kick off at Olentangy Liberty High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

   
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