Tigers prepare for rival game against LaBelle

The Clewiston Tigers had a long Saturday morning as they reviewed film from their pre-season loss to Charlotte High School. While being critiqued on mistakes and errors can’t be fun, the Tigers were busy learning and improving as they prepare to travel to LaBelle for tomorrow night’s season opener with their longtime rivals. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 pm.

The Cowboys are coming off a 1-9 season and got walloped by Okeechobee 38-7 in their pre-season game last week. Coach Chris Siner only has four offensive and four defensive starters returning but has some young talent that must step forward and fill some holes in order for LaBelle to have a decent season.

While the Clewiston-LaBelle rivalry goes way back and involves playing for the Hendry County Championship, this season the two are no longer playing in the same district. A realignment over the summer placed the teams in different districts.

The Tigers emerged from the pre-season game in good shape physically. Tiger head coach Pete Walker was pleased with his squad’s response to working on techniques and mental discipline and reports that they have had some very good practice sessions.

One of the keys to the Tigers success this year will be avoiding serious injuries. With a lot of new players and not much depth at any one position, Clewiston can ill-afford the loss of starters. This becomes even more important when looking at the tough schedule awaiting the Tigers this season.

And at the all-important tailback position in the Clewiston pro-style offense, Menta’ Jones is going to need some backup. In the past few years, the Tigers have been blessed with three or four solid tailbacks to help carry the load and expecting Jones to carry that burden all alone is not going to produce the best results. The Tiger coaching staff is busy at work on this issue.

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