“The momentum in the hallways is awesome this week,” said PPHS Head Coach James Shiver. “I’m loving the up tempo the boys are having. I am excited.”
Pine Prairie takes on a Hanson team that slid by Ascension Catholic in week one, and then smashed Catholic of Point Coupee in week two.
The Tigers come out in two different formations. They will line up in the I-formation and go right at their opponent when they want to run the ball. When they need to throw the ball, the Tigers will get in the spread and move the ball around. Overall, the Tigers are a fundamentally sound team.
“We think that things may work out better for us this week with this team,” Shiver said. “They (Hanson) will line up where they supposed to be and do what is supposed to be done. They are a very disciplined team.”
The Panthers put some very good drives together last week. Quarterback Chris Bradley orchestrated each drive effectively. He drove the opening drive for a score. The drive consumed six plays and nearly three minutes off of the clock. The second year starter proved he had what it took to operate the offense and guide them to a win.
Bradley finished the night with 164 yards in the air and 46 yards on the ground. He hit Gijuan Anderson fives times for 57 yards and Josh Hebert for 54 yards. Haas Campbell and Anderson each took their share of the handoffs. Overall, the PPHS offense produced 255 yards of total offense.
The problems for PPHS are going to be on the defensive side of the ball. Pine Prairie has to get the Hanson team off of the field as quickly as possible. If the Tigers are limited to their offensive production, it will give the PPHS offense more time to maneuver around the gridiron. They have momentum and they got a good taste of speed last week. Hanson will not be as fast as North Central, but they will be much disciplined. They will be where they need to be on both sides of the ball.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Pine Prairie High School.