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Greene County gets first ‘W’ of the season

September 10, 2021 - 00:00
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    Greene County runs out of the tunnel before the start of its homecoming game against Twiggs County. T. MICHAEL STONE/Staff
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    Greene County quarterback D.J. Smith (No. 1) attempts a pass during the first quarter against Twiggs County. T. MICHAEL STONE/Staff
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    Tigers’ freshman running back Doremus Alexander (No. 29) stiff arms a Twiggs County defender during the game last Friday night. T. MICHAEL STONE/Staff
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    D.J Smith (No. 1) is being pulled out of bounds by a Cobras’ defender. T. MICHAEL STONE/Staff

Greene County got its first win of the season on the gridiron as it defeated Twiggs County 48-40 in a highscoring affair last Friday night.

Tigers’ head coach Larry Milligan was glad to get the victory but knows his team has to get better in certain areas.

“Defensively, we did not play very well at all,” Milligan said. “Our scheme was not versus what they do and we had some young defensive backs get beat deep on a lot of passes.”

The Tigers and Cobras both had offensive struggles in the first quarter, resulting in zero points being scored by either team. The second quarter was when things started to pick up for both teams. However, Greene County led Twiggs County 21-12 at the halftime break.

“They came in with a heavypassing attack,” Milligan said. “Couple that with both teams picking up a lot of senseless penalties and the game didn’t end until almost after 11:00 p.m.”

Both teams traded penalties and turnovers throughout the contest, which at least played to the Tigers’ advantage in the end.

“We made a lot of mistakes offensively from both the skill positions and on the line,” Milligan added. “It was really a game we felt like we should’ve won by 40 points or more.”

Despite not playing up to their potential, Milligan congratulated the team after the game on the win.

“I told the kids after the game that I was disappointed that we didn’t play better, but at the same time they need to enjoy every victory they get,” Milligan said. “Now, we move on to our next game against Hancock Central.”

Moving forward, Greene County takes on the rival Bulldogs this upcoming Friday at 7:30 p.m. on the road.

“It’s a big game for us,” Milligan said. “I have a lot of respect for their program. It’s going to be a great test for our team.”

Hancock Central went 8-1 last season and won last year’s matchup by a score of 42-3. So far this season, the Bulldogs are 0-1 because they had to forfeit a game to the Academy of Richmond County due to COVID-19 concerns.

Milligan highlighted that quarterback DJ Smith and running back Malik West are going to have to get the offense started against Hancock Central.

“Those two guys played tough against Twiggs County,” Milligan said. “We also had some key guys like Jalen Miller and Arkiyus Wright make interceptions last week. So, they are going to have to play well from a defensive standpoint to help stop this Hancock (Central) offense.”