Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Minden High heads to Neville tonight


The Minden Crimson Tide will head to Neville tonight to take on the top seeded Neville Tigers in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Minden head coach Randy Peters said his team is looking forward to the challenge.

"Our kids are excited by the opportunity," he said. "And we're going over there with a game plan in place to win the game and we plan on getting it done."

The Tide's big win over St. Louis in the first round, should give Minden some confidence going into Neville tonight.

"Certainly last Friday night's game was exciting," Peters said. "I was proud the guys hung around and found a way to win. That's something you have to do this time of year, you just have to find a way to win, and I hope we do that Friday night."

Peters is impressed with the Tigers and what they've accomplished this season and before.

"Neville is just a super, traditional program," he said. "Through the years, decades really, they have been tough and they are again this year. Coach (Mickey) McCarty and his staff do a great job over there and we're certainly going to have to play well. We're going to have to stand toe-to-toe with them to give us a chance to get the win."

Neville enters the game 10-0 and has out-scored their opponents 374-87 this season.

"They are really tough on both sides of the ball," Peters said. "Defensively they stop the run very well, they mostly run a four-man front with man and zone coverages. Offensively, they just like to run the football. They have an outstanding quarterback (John Diarse), that's a real dual threat. he's the main target that we'll have to deal with."

Diarse leads the Tiger 802 yards rushing (on 91 carries) and 11 touchdowns, averaging 8.8 yards per carry. He has also has completed 33 of 60 passes this season for 539 yards and seven touchdowns.

Peters would like to see another effort tonight like he got from his Tide last week.

"I was really pleased with our effort last week," he said. "We played well on both sides of the ball and in the kicking game, and we'll need another one like it Friday night. I think the kids are ready and will go out and play well."

Game time is 7 p.m.






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