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2011-08-25 / Sports

Eagles Open the Season in Smithville

by Mike Organ

Lexington will travel to Smithville Friday night for the 2011 football season opener. The Tigers are much better than in seasons past. Eight offensive and eight defensive starters return for the 2011 season. These are starters that were good enough to go 0-10 in 2010. The Tigers have had only two non-losing seasons in this century and they were 5-5.

According to Eagle coach Jason Holcomb the Tigers are big and strong up front. Tackle Bryce Helmcamp at 6’2” and 265 lbs. defines what Holcomb says. The Tiger offense will operate from the spread formation with Coltyn Brown starting. When the second quarterback comes in, expect the Tigers to run the ball. They have two quick backs. Keith Jaynes is a speedy receiver and Khalil McCathern is a shifty receiver. The Tigers will motion the two into the backfield for high speed handoffs in attempts to spring them wide.

The Tiger defense will be a 4-3 with a cover two in air defense. The Tiger defense gave up over 400 points last season. It is much improved this year based on their performance in the scrimmages. They will pressure the offense by bringing one or more linebackers on every snap.

Eagle Coach Jason Holcomb says, “Smithville is not the usual Tiger team. This team is four touchdowns better than last year’s team. This will definitely be a bigger challenge than last year. You cannot take them for granted. You have to bring your best if you are going to win.”

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