Arrows Hope to Blunt Mansfield Senior

  • 10/5/2017 4:59:14 PM
  • Jeff Alan
  • Local Sports

ASHLAND, OH-  At 5-1, 2-0 on the season and winners of four straight, the Ashland Arrows will head over to Arlin Field on Friday evening to face 5-1, 2-0 Mansfield Senior in a key OCC matchup.  Both teams are in the top eight in their computer region in the race for the playoffs.  Ashland is sixth in Division II region seven.  Senior High is 6th in Division III region ten.  For coach Scott Valentine, the task is trying to slow down all the weapons the Tygers can hit you with.

"They got a lot of weapons to use so it's something that you're trying to contain and keep them from getting big plays.  Part of that is gonna be if we can keep the ball ourselves.  If we can do that then that keeps it out of their hands too.  It's gonna have to be a big team game."

"The team that has their offense on the field the longest will determine this game for the most part," says Ashland wide receiver Bryke Williams.  If we can keep their offense off the field and we can keep putting points on the board I think we'll be alright."

"We've got to get big plays and we have to stop theirs," says senior wideout Kamrin Knowlton Goings. "I know they are an athletic team and they have some speed but they are playing man coverage.  We should be able to beat man coverage.  Their line is pretty good.  If our O line can give Keegan some protection I think we'll get some big plays." 

Asked if this was a must win, Valentine, says this one counts for a lot.  "They are all big games, we're going to have to go out and play a good four quarters and hopefully get the job done."

One of the Tygers big guns is University of Minnesota commit Jornell Manns.  Manns has scored 21 touchdowns, 15 rushing, five via the pass and one on an interception last week against Lexington.

"We're not focused on him defensively," says Williams.  "We're more focused on him offensively and how big of a threat he is on offense.  We can still take care of business offensively with him on defense."

The Tygers won a high scoring affair last season at Arlin Field 45-42.


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