Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Minden High heads to Parkway


The Minden Crimson Tide, coming off a 34-7 loss to Haughton, will look to bounce back this week as they take on the Parkway Panthers.

Minden head coach Randy Peters said his team has dealt with the loss and has moved on.

"We've learned what we need to learn from it and put it behind us," he said. "The kids have bounced back well and have been working hard all week. Parkway is going to be another challenge for us this week, so we can't dwell on last week. Our kids know the situation and what happened last week, and they're working hard to rectify that."

Parkway will be a tough test for the Tide. The Panthers are 3-0 this season, their first under former Minden head coach David Feaster. They've averaged more than 46 points per game through three games, and are full of play makers.

Quarterback Kolby Copeland is one of the best in the area and he is supported by running back Marcus Harper and receivers Malcolm Rogers and Dom McAtee.

"They're really good on offense," Peters said. "They're really a multiple offense. They mix it up well. They have a spread package that they will mix in with their I package, and then they mix in some razzle-dazzle stuff as well. Their quarterback is extremely talented and we can't let him take over the game. We need to be alert and focused on defense this week."

Peters said his defense will have to play well up front and stop the running game as well. He also said the offense will need to play well and score some points to help out the defense.

The Tide totaled 228 yards on offense last week, but the six turnovers doomed them.

"We need to move the ball and put points on the ball," he said. "Turnovers really hurt us last week. We had two or three drives inside the 10-yard line where we didn't come away with any points. We also had some opportunities after their turnovers and we didn't take advantage. Haughton took advantage of our turnovers, and we have to learn to do that as well. Against a good team you have to take advantage of every opportunity you get."

Another angle on the game is that this will be the first game Feaster coaches against his former team, something that really doesn't mean anything except that it adds a little more interest for some fans.

"That was before my time here," Peters said. "I know he did a good job when he was here, but my job is to win ball games because we need to win. We know he's a good coach and that he'll have his team ready. We're going to have to be prepared in all three phases of the game."






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