Mancino's Pizza Preview: Despite Vast Improvement, Saline Football Team Has Room for Growth

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 09/15/2017 - 02:41

What: Huron (0-1, 0-3 SEC) at Saline (1-0, 2-1 SEC)
When: 7 p.m., Friday
Where: Hornet Stadium
History: Since 1950 Saline and Huron have met 17 times with Saline winning 12 games. 
Last Year: Saline won 54-0 at Huron.
Streak: The last time Huron defeated Saline was 2009, when the River Rats won 32-20. Saline has won seven straight games.
River Rats: The River Rats are looking for their first win since 2014. They’ve lost 24 straight games. They haven’t had a winning record since 2009.
SEC Dominance: Saline has won 19 straight SEC Red Contests since losing to Bedford in 2013. With a win, Saline improves to 2-0 in the SEC.
Around the SEC: Monroe is at Pioneer and Skyline is Bedford.

To say Saline is the overwhelming favorite for Friday night’s game against Huron would be an understatement. Saline hasn’t lost an SEC Red game since 2013. Huron hasn’t won and SEC Red game since 2014.

In the last three years, Saline has outscored Huron 145-0.

Still, the Hornets are careful not to look beyond this week’s game - even after last week’s emotional victory over Bedford.

“Honestly the Bedford win was a great one but we will not stray away from staying discipline in practice to become better and better every week, it is another game for us to prepare for,” said linebacker CJ Gildersleeve.

QB Cole Daniels agreed.

“We are going to approach Huron like we would any other team. We will practice hard, focus on this week and look for a win,” Daniels said.

In many ways, last week’s 31-7 victory felt like an SEC championship game. But in reality it was week one of a five game-game schedule. The Hornets are 1-0. They’ve got four games to go.

As uplifting as last week’s game was, Saline has room for improvement.

Here are some things we’d like to see:

  • Cole Daniels to Emmett Turner in the corner of the end zone. These two are so close you can taste it. Saline needs this connection to happenn.
  • Cutting down on mistakes. Even in victory, Saline seems to have made a few more mistakes than usual. It would be nice to get a turnover-free game under our belts. And Saline could afford to cut down on penalties.
  • Special teams play could improve. Field goal kicking can better. The Hornets have missed a few they would have made last year. And on the returns, we’d like to see Saline break a big one. 
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