Tigers look to improve as the season continues

The Tigers were excited to get back on the field to kick off the 2010 football seaon.  After two conference championships in a row, the Tigers hoped to open the seaon with a victory.

On Friday, August 27, the Tigers started the season with a game at Lindbergh to take on the Flyers.  Many new players were anticipating getting their first start at the varsity level.  Mental mistakes contributed to the Tigers 39-7 fall to the Flyers.

“There are a lot of young players,” said head coachArlee Conners.  “Their emotions got the best of them.”

On the bright side, the Tiger’s defense showed that they can hold their own.  Forcing five turnovers in the first three quarters, the defense looked solid.  Later in the game, the defense started getting out of position and the Flyers took advantage, putting up 14 points in the fourth quarter.  Lindbergh’s running game was very good as the Flyers had 191 total rushing yards.

The OHS offense was only able to produce one touchdown which was a 40 yard pass from starting quarterback Javon Henderson(11) to his brother Jaron Henderson (11).

“Defensively, we showed good things.” said Conners. “Usually when you force that many turnovers, you find a way to win the game.”
In the home opener, the Tigers were excited to bounce back from the tough loss.  Even though the Tigers fell to Marquette 59-40, the team did many things well.

The Tigers were able to put up 40 points with the help of six total touchdowns.  Their blocking was once again good as they allowed only two sacks the whole game. Javon Henderson completed a 75 yard touchdown pass to twin brother Jaron Henderson.  Javon also had three rushing touchdowns and a total of 154 rushing yards.  Running back Darrion Moore (12) also had a  good game with a total of 177 yards rushing with two touchdowns.  Overall, the Tigers had 355 total rushing yards.

Once again, the Tigers starting making mental mistakes which continually put them in bad positions.  The special teams also made a few bad plays which left the offfense with a short field. Conners believes that his will succeed if they can eliminate the mental mistakes.

“Against Marquette,” Conners said,” I felt the team made some strides on offense but lost some on defense and special teams.”

This Friday, the Tigers will take on Parkway South.  They hope to play better and eliminate the mistakes they have made in the previous games.
“It is a learning experience,” said Conners, “and in the long run, they will gain experience.”