Feeling the Crunch

Bluefield wide receiver Brandon Wiley feels the crunch from Christopher Wilborn and Evan Jenkins during last week's blowout against the Beavers. The Tigers are looking to improve their record tonight against the Oak Hill Red Devils

PRINCETON—The Princeton Tigers football team are looking to bounce back against Oak Hill after opening the season up with a loss to cross-town rival Bluefield High School. 

The Tigers will host its second home game in a row when they take on Oak Hill this Friday. It is a chance for the Tigers to even up their record at 1-1 after taking a loss last week. Despite the loss last week Princeton experienced some early adversity this season suffering injuries to key players who are expected to miss a decent amount time.

“last week we lost some key guys so this week we have just been finding ways to work around that,” coach Chris Pedigo said. “We have a lot of moving parts going on right now. Oak Hill is coming to us 0-2 and I’m sure they are trying to get on track as well, so we have to make sure we are ready for them.”

Last week in the loss to Bluefield, Princeton struggled getting off the field on third down and offensive couldn’t sustain as many drives as they wanted. It will be a next man up mentality for many players including Freshman Grant Cochran who will look to lead the way under center for the Tigers have some key injuries last week.

“I’ve told the guys if you aren’t playing now, you’re going to be playing at some point,” Pedigo said. “We want to make sure everyone is getting mental reps and is ready for anything at any time.”

Pedigo believes the key to being successful against Oak Hill this week will be stopping the run. Also, Pedigo believes it will be important for the guys on the field to gel this Friday with players being thrown into new roles it will be important for those playing to continue building chemistry with each other

Princeton will host Oak Hill tonight at 7 p.m.

— Contact Niqko Marshall at ndmarshall90@gmail.com 

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