Meridian Star

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October 12, 2012

Around Lauderdale County: Tigers look to figure out new Warrior scheme

MERIDIAN —     When Southeast Lauderdale High School plays host to Choctaw Central Friday night, head coach Charles Black and the Tigers know they will be up against a much different team than last year's 0-10 Warriors.

    This year, not only does Choctaw Central boast a 4-3 record this season, it also brings a whole new offense to the table. The Warriors made the switch to a triple-option attack for the 2012 season, and so far it has paid off.

    “They look very comfortable in what they do,” Black said. “They run that triple-option on offense, and they are doing it well. They are having a lot of success with that.”

    Because the Warriors are the only team to use the triple-option in Class 3A, it will be a challenge for Black and his team to prepare for something they have only seen on tape this season.

    “Ultimately we just have to play really disciplined,” Black said. “We have to play assignment football. You got the dive, the quarterback, and the pitch. You just have to play your assignment, or they will burn you.”

    Black also said the Tigers are working on cleaning up their pass protection from last game in order to provide quarterback Andrew Black to have more time to find receivers in the pocket.

    Although Philadelphia appears to almost a lock to finish atop the Region 5-3A division, Black and his team know these next three games will be vital if the Tigers want to finish in the top two teams of the division and secure a home game in the first round of the playoffs.

    “Our approach is to just take it one game at a time,” Black said. “I think all three games are winnable, and we are just going to take them one at a time. I told them our goal is to have a home playoff game.”

— Tony Tsoukalas

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