Pine Prairie has date with Tioga at home; first win very crucial
PINE PRAIRIE – The Pine Prairie Panthers are coming off of another three win season and are looking for more in 2017.
The Panthers will begin their quest for more tomorrow night, as they host Class 4A Tioga High School. The two teams battled in the spring game and know each other well.
According to Pine Prairie head coach Yves Prince, playing the Indians for the first regular season game gives the Panthers a chance to face off against a team they have some familiarity with.
“We know what they like to do, but we have changed since the spring game, so I think that gives us an advantage,” stated Prince. “In the spring, we were still in our bone set, but we are going to be a little more diverse in our offense this season. We are not just going to be a run based team, but we will be able to put the ball in the air and add a dimension to the offense that we did not have last season.”
“Tioga likes to throw the ball around,” he continued. “They will get in four and five wide sets and spread you out. But make no mistake, they are looking to throw the ball. We are going to play a lot of man-to-man and hope our defensive line can get to their quarterback. It is hard to play zone against them, because they like to run a lot of crossing routes.”
The one thing that worries Prince and, at the same time, pleases Prince is the weather conditions over the past week.
“The rain that we have been getting is bad and good,” said Prince. “For us it is bad, because it is hard for us to get ready to play. We cannot get out on the field. However, if the field is sloppy, I am hoping that will favor us since we can run the ball and Tioga really does not have a running game. Throwing the ball when the ball is wet and muddy is not what needs to happen when you are a passing team.”
Prince was very happy with his team’s performance in their 0-0 tie with Basile in last week’s jamboree.
“I thought we played really well against Basile,” commented Prince. “We moved the ball on the ground effectively because of our offensive line play. We had a couple of bad plays where we snapped the ball over the quarterback’s head, but that is all fixable.”
“Defensively, we gave up some yardage, but we came through with a big stop right at the beginning of the game,” he continued. “We have some things to work on, but as of right now, we are on the right track”.