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Tygers Regrouping After Tasting Defeat

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 9/2/2014

It had been quite some time since Mansfield Senior tasted defeat during the regular season, after finishing their 2013 campaign undefeated at 10-0 for the first time in school history. But it wouldn't take long into the Tygers 2014 journey before the team felt that losing feeling again.

A 33-21 loss at Big Walnut in Mansfield's season opener would raise some question marks about the teams mental focus. The Tygers turned the ball over four times against the Golden Eagles and had a difficult time with defensive alignments throughout the game.

"The focus just wasn't there," according to head coach Chioke Bradley.

"For them to come out and mentally blow a fuse, it was definitely something that played a major role in the loss."

The Tygers were burned for big yardage numerous times in week one, including a 49-yard TD run that sealed the game in the final minutes.

"We'll look good for a series, then one big play will kill us," says junior wideout Link Briggs.

"Tackling was an issue. We just need to get more focused."

Senior left guard/defensive end Malik Mason also noted a number of mental mistakes that kept Mansfield from getting a win last Friday. Mason also recognized the good plays he and his teammates made, saying, "as a unit on offense we did pretty well."

"We just got to keep our heads, work as a unit and keep the leadership up."

The Tygers will look to bounce back from their opening night defeat when they host Lima Senior on Friday. The Spartans shredded Mansfield's week three opponent, Marion Harding, 48-0 in their opener.

Mansfield Senior won a shootout in Lima a season ago, 59-42.

   
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