Tigers welcome Irish in MAIS playoffs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 3, 2016

A pair of 9-2 teams will face off Friday night when the Centreville Academy Tigers play host to the Greenville St. Joseph Fighting Irish in the quarterfinals of the MAIS Class AAA State Playoffs.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Centreville, the No. 3 seed, rallied to defeat District 5-AAA rival  and No. 14 seed Silliman Institute 21-13 to advance while No. 6 seed Greenville St. Joseph took care of Central Private School 46-3 last week.

“They’re a real athletic team. They have a lot of good athletes on the field,” Centreville assistant coach Robbie Isonhood said. “Their quarterback and their receivers. They’re a pretty large team. They’ve got some linemen who weigh between 250 and 300 pounds. They’re really quick. A lot of speed.”

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Isonhood said there will be two match-ups to watch for Friday night. The first one he said was the Fighting Irish’s receivers against the Tigers’ defensive backs.

“We’re going to have to stay with their receivers. Their quarterback moves around very well. He keeps his eyes downfield. Not get caught up in the scramble. If you read run, linebackers have to peel. We’re going to have to play disciplined.”

The other match-up to keep an eye on will be the Tigers’ run-style offense against the Fighting Irish’s defense.

“They’re a five-wide passing team. We’re a run-oriented offense. Two different styles of offense,” Isonhood said.

Isonhood said the key to success for his team will be what it was last week – defense.

“If we can stop them from scoring, we’ll succeed in what we’re trying to accomplish,” he said. “It will come down to which defense can stop the other’s offense.”

Isonhood said hte key for the Tigers Friday night is to remain focus on the task at hand.

“All 11 players have to do their jobs. If they do it effectively on both sides of the ball, I think we’ll come out with a win,” he said.