As comfortable as Friday nights on Forsythe Avenue can be, Neville coach Mickey McCarty likes taking his team outside of the friendly confines.
The Tigers will put on their first road show this weekend with a Saturday night slot in the Battle of the Border, taking on Maumelle (Ark.) in Shreveport’s Independence Stadium.
“The Shreveport trip is not a long trip, but it’s a travel trip for us and I like taking our team on the road during the season sometime so we can eat on the road and handle some of the things we to in case we have that opportunity later in the season,” McCarty said.
The logistics of a road trip will get a workout, but the competition at the end of it is much more rigorous.
“I think the city of Shreveport does a great job getting that game and that event ready. That’s a big stadium over there for us to play in, it’s been good competition every time we’ve played there,” McCarty said. “That was the one game we lost last year against a good Longview team. I thought that week and that event, I think that helped us get better last year, taking that loss there.”
The Hornets, just like the Tigers, enter Saturday’s game with a 1-0 record after a 59-21 win at home.
“They really lit up the scoreboard,” McCarty said. “Offensively, they’re a spread, multiple set team. They use a lot of speed motion, they have a lot of speed on the offensive side of the ball. They run and throw it very well.
“They have some playmaking wide receivers and their quarterback throws it pretty good. They execute well, and you have to to score that many points. We’ve given up some big plays in the jamboree and again last week, so we have to be better at that. They are certainly capable enough to make big plays if we aren’t better at that.”
McCarty also mentioned Maumelle’s 4-3 defense and the trouble West Monroe’s 4-3 gave his Tigers in the jamboree. The good news is McCarty and his staff has, thanks to a rare Saturday game, an extra day to prepare for the Hornets. It does leave a shorter week of preparation and a shorter rest period for the Tigers for their week three game against Ouachita.
“We have to adjust a little bit. This week, we try to take advantage of the extra day, and then over the weekend we have to play catch up a little bit after losing a weekend day of preparation,” McCarty said. “It’s just a little longer day on Sunday.”
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