JAY DAVIS: Tigers hoping for beef ‘n lots of fun this sports weekend
Beef ‘N Fun weekend is a big weekend for the Tigers and Lady Tigers. Let’s hope Friday has some football ‘n fun and Saturday has some volleyball ‘n fun.
The Lady Tigers are off and running with a 3-0 record and are ranked this in this week’s Class A poll. The only slight so far would be that the competition has yet to put up a good fight.
Herreid-Selby Area, Faith and Timber Lake are all bringing good teams to Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Saturday for the annual Mobridge-Pollock tournament. Herreid-Selby Area took fifth in state last year and they have everybody back. Faith has many of the components back from the team that took eighth in the state tournament last fall. Timber Lake went 23-9 and was the region runner-up to Faith last year, and the Lady Panthers have everybody back.
All three teams will be gunning for the Lady Tigers on Saturday. With Mobridge-Pollock being a talented but yet-unproven team with new starters all over the court, this will be an excellent challenge.
We are webcasting the championship game, unless one of the aforementioned teams knocks the Lady Tigers out and the home team is playing for third place. Then we will concentrate on that match and keep a close eye on the championship action. You can, however, expect the Lady Tigers to rise to the challenge and play for the title. Even though a lot of players are going to be new to the pressure of tournament play, they have the leadership and experience to get the job done. The new starters have been on the bench for a lot of championship play while they waited their turn. The webcast will hit the worldwide web at about 4:45 p.m. The championship may be later than that, but in a tournament scenario it will be better to be early than late. If everything stays on schedule, the last matches will start at 5 p.m.
The Tiger football team should come out a little angry on Friday when they host the Redfield-Doland Pheasants. I understand that the players were more than a little embarrassed when they looked at film from Friday’s blowout loss to Aberdeen Roncalli.
Friday should be a lot different. This won’t be a host of players making their first road start, nor will it be on a huge stage like the Aberdeen Central field. I’m pretty sure that the huge grandstands and the artificial turf at Swisher Field made Friday’s game seem a lot different than a 100-mile road trip to play Roncalli. The home field advantage was huge for Roncalli and the Cavaliers knew how to take advantage of it.
The home field should mean a lot to the Tigers on Friday. So will playing a team the Tigers have had success against in the past. While Redfield-Doland won a 20-0 game last year, it was not the kind of loss that left anyone feeling like the Pheasants were a better team. If you’ll remember, it was the first full game without injured Bailley Friesz and Peyton Friesz was injured in the first half. Even with so much change going on on the field, the Tigers and Pheasants were locked in a 7-0 game until the Pheasants scored 13 points in the final 1:20 of the fourth quarter.
If the Tigers can put their bruised egos aside and play sound, fundamental football on Friday, a righting of the ship is in order.
If things work out, this weekend should be a “beef and a whole lot of fun” time.