But that doesn’t mean the Tigers can afford to overlook Putnam City West. While next week’s game will likely be a winner-take-all, there could be a scenario where district points could come into play. That means NHS is looking for a hot start and a decisive victory tonight.
And Nation isn’t worried about his team looking too far ahead.
“This is a mature team that’s taking it one game at a time,” he said. “Last week showed us they’re more mentally strong than we were this time last year, and even more so than I knew. We don’t have to work to get them focused.”
The Tigers have redoubled their efforts after last week and confidence is still high, said senior Patrick Murray.
“We showed last week that we can play with the best teams in the state,” he said. “We fought hard as a team and came together after the loss. We want to be playing in the playoffs in front of that home crows, and it’s something I’ve never been able to do here.”