By Megan Hecox
The Mansfield Tiger football team recently wrapped up its first week of practice in preparation for the upcoming fall season.
Coach Bentley stated “ We had a pretty good week of practice. We have 26 players, but they are the right 26. They are doing everything we ask them to do and more. They understand the game. We have some technique issues to clear up on both sides of the ball, but that is all correctable and we will get better at that each day. The biggest hurdle we have to overcome is lapses in mental toughness at times. We can not let one bad play turn into another bad play. One mistake turn into 2 mistakes and so on. Its getting better, but we have to be more consistent.We have told them for months, this team has a chance to be special. There are no more excuses….we are experienced, comfortable with our schemes and have the strength/talent/athleticism to compete with anyone.”
The Tigers return with a multitude of starters on both sides of the ball which is a welcome change from past years. They will scrimmage Dequeen at home on August 14th at 6:00 PM and will open the regular season on the road against Hackett on August 23rd.