Crimson Tide to take on Griffins
The Minden Crimson Tide will open their 2011 football season on the road in Stonewall Friday night as they take on the North DeSoto Griffins.
The Tide will be trying to erase the memories of last week's Jam at the Joe, where Calvary beat them 48-0.
"I think we've had a really good week of practice," Tide head coach Randy Peters said. "I think the kids are really wanting to come out and prove that they are a better team than we showed last week. I think Calvary just jumped on us early, and it just steamrolled on us. If you had called me the night before and told me we would play like that, I wouldn't have believed you. We didn't see that in practice all week."
Peters said his team has worked hard this week and he and his staff are still tinkering with the starting line-ups.
"We're still searching for some answers in some areas that we need to lock down," he said. "We're still looking at different things, but we need to find out quick. We don't need this lingering into the third or fourth week."
When asked about the quarterback situation, Peters declined to publicly name a starter at this time.
"We'll play both kids (Turner Francis and Ronald Richard), but we're kind of narrowing that down a bit," he said. "I don't want to get into it too much right now, but that situation will play itself out. We're not going to switch it up as much as we did before, we're kind of nailing that down right now."
Whoever takes the snaps, Peters feels that running back Cortavious Rice will make his job easier.
"Cortavious certainly has some skills back there," he said. "He showed some good things on Saturday. When we're in our spread package, he'll certainly get some opportunities. We're also looking to use Ronald (Richard) running the ball as well."
Peters knows that North DeSoto will present the Tide a considerable hurdle for the first game.
"North DeSoto is a real good football team," he said. "They won both of their games during their jamboree and looked good. They have an exceptional little running back (Aurron Cooksey). He's quick and if he gets to the perimeter he's a problem."
The Tide defeated the Griffins, 31-28 last season, as they scored a touchdown in the final minute. The Griffins should be improved this season as quarterback Micah Arbuckle enters his second year as a starter, and the team has an increased dedication to the passing game.
"Their passing game wasn't that good last year," Peters said. "But they've gotten much better at that this year. Their quarterback does a good job and is real good at the underneath passing game. But their running back is still their main weapon."