That loss is something that hasn’t been far from the mind of anyone at NHS, and it only adds more fuel to an already-pivotal game for the Tigers.
“I think our guys know we put out a poor effort last year, and they came over here and played a good game,” Nation said. “As coaches we don’t even have to bring it up because the kids bring it up all the time.”
With the emotions surrounding the game, the advantage could easily go to the team that comes in the most sharp mentally. Luckily for NHS, that’s an area Nation feels comfortable, relying on a strong senior group to lead the Tigers.
One of those senior leaders is quarterback Zach Long, who has engineered the dominant rushing game the Tigers have ridden to victory over the past month. He knows that Southmoore will be their toughest opponent to date, and said after a Homecoming victory last week that his team will be ready.
“We’ll get back and have a good week of practice and come out ready to play,” he said.
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