The Wheelersburg Pirates and the Waverly Tigers are about to stain the Pirate’s Ed Miller Stadium orange and black and both team enter into the quarrel of the season as these two fierce teams faceoff for a victory. Both teams will walk onto the field with an undefeated record, but only one will go home a winner.
The man eating Tigers have clawed their way through team after team, shutting out every opponent except Week 3 challenger the Unioto Shermans who only scored 13 points against the Tigers. The Tigers have scored a total of 259 points this season. Waverly is ranked 100th in the State and 12th in the division.
Though it has been an amazing season for the Tigers, the Wheelersburg Pirates have a history of winning and this season has not faltered from that tradition. The Pirates are 75th in the State and 2nd in the division. The Pirate of scored 260 points thus far, only giving away 44. The stats between these two teams is so close, it could be anyone’s game.
Waverly Coach Chris Crabtree has been trying to ensure nerves don’t interfere with the ability of his team.
“It is a big game, but we have been trying to pretend it’s just another week,” Crabtree commented. “We know the magnitude of this game, but we try to treat it like any other game.”
Crabtree went on to recognize the parallels between the two teams, stating, “Both teams are similar offensively. Obviously, something is going to have to give.”
The Tigers coach predicted that either both teams will work hard to block the other from scoring resulting in a low points game, or both teams will bring a strong offensive game and will light the board up.
“Neither team has given up very many points this season,” Crabtree said.
To win this challenge, a team is going to have to play a strong offensive and defensive game, and neither team is lacking in either. Both teams bleed orange and black, and this game just may be a blood bath.
Knowing just how tough this game will be, Crabtree hoped to score saying, “Hopefully, we put some points on the board.”
He continued by stating that if the Tigers continue to execute like they have been they should play well and have a close game.
As of press time, Wheelersburg Coach Rob Woodward was not available for comment. Woodward has been with the Pirates since 2008 and has led them through 9 seasons of winning records.
The Tigers and the Pirates will kickoff at 7 p.m. at Wheelersburg. It’s sure to be a popular game with a packed house.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-0101 ext. 1924