I finally got to write Clayton Morgan-touchdown.
Clayton has moved the ball down the field for the Tigers very well this past season, but had not quite got it across the line. He was close in New Orleans and I told him I had my hand poised over my notebook to write his name down for a TD. He just laughed.
This week I got to fill in the blank. Not only for Clayton but for Hunter Coy and for Connie Shegog on the defense. Connie said I never put him in the paper. Honestly, I don’t have defensive stats when I need them then I forget to get them later.
But going into the district season, we’ll be getting them to the public.
South Panola has done very well in the non-conference season. For 5A teams, that is the first four games. Other districts have one or two under their belts.
Actually, they have done better than expected. Most people knew the team would come in strong, reload from last year and play solid football.
This Tiger team is playing exceptionally well. No, they are not playing perfect. They don’t play perfect in the professional league. You can’t expect perfection in the high school league, but the Tigers are putting out some solid numbers.
Now, who would have expected a 75 point game from the Tigers over Greenville? Probably not a person in the state including the Tigers themselves. They would probably brag and tell you they expected it, but not really.
In the past, pass defense has been one of the weaknesses of the Tiger team. People with strong passing games bragged how they would win the game because the Tigers couldn’t defend the pass.
Those are braggings of the past. The Tigers didn’t even need the offensive scoring Friday night. The defensive scoring would have won the game.
Four interceptions, three returned for touchdowns, beats a nine-point opponent score.
What’s funny is that the Tigers were not even trying to run up the score. But the players are taught to take advantage of mistakes and breakdowns on the opposing team.
The backup teams have gotten a lot of game experience this year. Looks good for the future Tiger team.
Well, the Tigers have scored 225 points the first four games this season and only gave up 31.
The second part of the season starts Friday night and three 1-5A teams are in the top 20. It should make for an interesting seven more games.
See you on the sidelines…