Centreville hopes to not overlook Huntington

Published 12:24 am Tuesday, September 1, 2009

CENTREVILLE — One week after taking a huge victory over rival Parklane, the Centreville Tigers are hoping not to over look Huntington this Friday.

The Hounds, meanwhile, hope to use Friday’s game as a springboard for next week’s pivotal district contest against Tallulah.

“We just want to make some improvements from last week,” Huntington coach Chad Harkins said. “We’ve got a big district game coming up (next week), and hopefully we’ll be able to improve off of last week to this week, get better, be competitive and get ready for the district game next week.”

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Huntington is 1-1 on the season, dropping their opener 53-24 against Central Private before defeating Claiborne Academy 46-22 last week.

Centreville is also 1-1. The Tigers dropped their opening game to Oak Forest 12-0 before their big 22-21 victory over Parklane last Friday night.

Centreville assistant coach Brian Stutzman said Friday’s win over the Pioneers was a huge win early in the season.

“Parklane is a big rival for us and anytime we can beat them it’s a good feeling,” Stutzman said. “It’s extremely big for our season because we didn’t want to start out 0-2. That is not a good feeling.”

But Stutzman said if the Centreville players had any ideas of overlooking Huntington, those ended when the Tiger coaches showed them the film of the Hounds on Monday.

“After seeing the film, I don’t think any of us is going to overlook Huntington,” Stutzman said. “I’m impressed with the speed they have at the skill positions. They’ve got several kids who can take it to the house on any given play. If we’ve got any kind of football team, we’ll be ready to play on Friday.”

Harkins knows his team will be ready to play as well, but said they will need to make some improvements if they want to hang with the Tigers on Friday night.

“We’ve got to do a better job of offensive line play, especially run blocking,” Harkins said. “We had better pass blocking last week. Our linebacking play has also got to get better, as does our defense in general. We’re trying to improve all phases (of the defense).”

Harkins knows it will be a tall order for the Class A Hounds to defeat the two-time defending Class AA state champion Tigers. But he said that playing a tough opponent like Centreville will better prepare his team for its district schedule, which begins Sept. 11 against Tallulah.

“I think playing teams like Centreville and Central Private will defeinately help us get ready for next week’s district game,” Harkins said. “That will be a game we have to win if we want to make the playoffs.”