MIDDLETON – Craig Harris sees the 2015 football season at Middleton High School as a chance to break a few negative streaks.
Harris, who just turned 39 years old and played on the most recent Tiger team that made the playoffs, hopes to lead Middleton to the postseason this year.
“It’s been more than 20 years since that happened, so I think this could be a good year to end that streak,” Harris said. “Any year would be a good year to end that streak.”
Before Middleton can end that streak though, the Tigers must first break another one. Middleton hasn’t won a football game since Week 9 of the 2013 season. Last season was the first time since 2007 and the first time in Harris’ tenure as head coach the Tigers failed to win a game.
They were shut out in four of their first five games, and their best chance at a win came in Week 9 last year in a 23-16 loss to Rossville Christian.
“Last year was a struggle for us, but the good thing about that is there are a lot of guys who played a lot of minutes last year coming back this year,” Harris said. “This group of seniors has played together for five years, so we have a chance to be good based on that experience and the experience of playing together.”
Another aspect of the season that gives Middleton extra hope of making the postseason is the region the Tigers are in, which is Region 8-1A. Instead of competing against teams like Adamsville, Trinity Christian and Riverside for playoff spots, they’re in with small school teams in Memphis.
“Those appear to be schools we have a better chance of competing against for championships and playoff spots, but we still have to go out and play them and try to win,” Harris said. “We can’t just have the attitude of, ‘Oh it looks like winning isn’t as hard this year, so we don’t have to work as hard.’
“That’s now how championships or games are won, and I think a lot of the guys in this group get that.”
Brandon Shields, 425-9751