Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 19, 2013

Tigers look to make winning statement at Hurricane

PRINCETON — The Princeton Tigers had to work overtime last week, but came up a point short against the third ranked Capital Cougars.

Tonight the Tigers board the buses and head once again up I-77 and then West on I-64 to take on the Hurricane Redskins in another Mountain State Athletic Conference contest.

Tigers’ head coach Randy Peek reflected on the game against Capital.

“I don’t think anyone gave us a chance going in. We played with heart and character and showed that we belonged,” Peek said. “The week before we made a statement and showed that we could play with Bluefield. I told the guys let’s make a statement in the state and we proved that we can play with anyone.”

Capital scored late in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime, then in its overtime possess, after Princeton had scored and kicked the extra point, the Cougars scored and successfully converted a two-point conversion to win the game.

“We moved the ball on them. I think we had one drive for 15 plays that lasted over eight minutes. We had two penalties the entire game. We were very disciplined and we controlled the game until the last two point conversion,” Peek said.

In Hurricane the Tigers (2-1) face a team that is 2-1 on the year, with wins over Nitro and Riverside and a loss to Huntington. Peek knows the Redskins have a good offensive line, a pass-happy quarterback in Jon Hensley and running back Zach Pate who can cause problems as a runner or a receiver.

“They lost some linemen but they have Hensley back and he’s 30-for-60 passing for over 500 yards. They throw the ball around a lot,” Peek noted. “The Pate kid is three-year starter, like Hensley, with 10 touchdowns. In addition to running him, they like to throw to him and get him out one-on-one.”

According to Peek, the Tigers have been working this week to face Hurricane’s air attack.

“We worked hard in the secondary, trying to disguise coverage. We’ve got to put pressure on Hensley and control the line of scrimmage. They didn’t throw much against Huntington, but against Nitro and Riverside they threw it all over the place. It seems like against bigger and more athletic teams they try to control the clock,” Peek said.

Defensively Hurricane is strong and will present a lot of different fronts and secondary packages.

“They don’t have any kids that go both ways. We have three or four but they don’t have any. Up front their line does a good job and they send the heat from the outside a lot and give you different looks there and in the secondary. We’ve got to adjust, pick up the blitz and make sure we read the coverages right,” Peek said.

Peek in his second season as Princeton head coach praised the staff for the work they have done in helping the football team in its development this season.

“My assistant coaches are doing a great job and they know I’m proud of them,” Peek said. “I get more credit than I deserve, they are doing a great job and we wouldn’t be the team we are without them.”

Kickoff is set for 7:30.

— Contact Bob Redd at

bobredd@bdtonline.com

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