By Brady Cox | T.L. Hanna Contributor
After enjoying a 20-14 victory over crosstown foe Westside last Friday, the T.L. Hanna football team knew that this was just the beginning of a long stretch of region games, and the Yellow Jackets still had some business to take care of.
Perhaps nobody is more aware of the importance of turning your focus to the next game than head coach Jason Tone. “Every week is very important as far as region standings go, and this is a chance to go 3-0 in the region,” Tone said.
The Greenwood Eagles will be coming to town on Friday night, carrying a shocking and very rare 2-3 record so far, including an 0-2 record in region play.
Although Greenwood, who is traditionally a South Carolina high school football powerhouse, has a less than stellar record thus far into the season, coach Tone and his players are not overlooking the talented Eagles. “Greenwood is very physical and athletic,” Tone said. “They play extremely hard on the defensive side of the ball, and they do a good job of spreading you out offensively.”
The one player who the Yellow Jackets are really grinding to prepare for is junior dual-threat quarterback, Brett Spearman. “Their quarterback is a strong runner and a passer, so that will make it tough on our defense,” Tone said. “We’re going to have to give a great effort to get 11 people around the football on defense.”
Although the weapons on Greenwood’s offense may be difficult to prepare for, perhaps the heat may be even more difficult. The temperature on Friday is going to be a blistering 96 degrees, which is extremely rare for this time of the year. Coach Tone discussed how they are taking extra measures to prepare for the heat in practice. “We have given them (the team) more water breaks and have cut a few periods off of practice to try to accomodate the heat,” Tone said. “The players have to do a good job of rehydrating after practice so they are ready to go the next day.”
The Yellow Jackets defeated the Eagles in Greenwood last year by a score of 29-3. T.L. Hanna has won the last four meetings between the two teams.
The game is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Jim Fraser Field on Friday night. Be sure to come hydrated, it’s going to be a hot one.
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