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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Tigers looking to bounce back vs. Cougars

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  • For the past three years, the Macon Tigers have had a strong hold on the Highland Cougars, allowing them no points in the past three meetings.
    The strong offensive and defensive lines of Macon have allowed the Tigers to make big plays, and prevent them as well.
    For the 2012 meeting, the Cougars will likely get on the scoreboard against Macon. Highland has a number of threats on the field, both on the ground and in the air.
    First, a look back at last year. Macon played host to Highland in 2011, and would roll to their second-biggest shut out of the year, a 50-0 victory.
    The Cougars came up with only one win in 2011, which came on the road at Scotland County.
    Highland also traveled to South Shelby and came up just short in a 34-32 loss, then two weeks later lost by a single point to rival Palmyra.
    One of the things that stung the Cougars early on was the loss of wideout Derick Smith during the Jamboree, but they will have him back this year.
    Highland will base out of a wing-T on the offense. But they will also have a lot of pistol offset I formations.
    Cougars coach Kenny Grubb says that the run game will be a big key Friday night against the Tigers, and that fullback Chris Sparks and tailback Wes Cramsey will be the ones to look for.
    Sparks was one of the fastest guys there in 2011, rushing for 2,100 yards.
    Highland will go with sophomore quarterback Chris Richmiller Friday night, who stands at 6' 2" and 190 pounds. He may be a force to be reckoned with.
    Derick Smith will line up as a wide receiver, and will play in the Z formation as well as being the flanker.
    Up front, the Kothe brothers and Lolli boys will have to go up against the Cougar linemen that are Alex Nunn (6' 2", 195 lb.) and Garrett Gray (6' 1", 240 lb.)
    Nunn and Gray will also look to make an impact on the defensive side of the ball. The two of them will line up as linemen, as Highland will look to have a 3-4 formation.
    Chris Sparks is also a force on defense. He was the team's leading tackler in 2011, and will line up as a linebacker.
    Eli Frye will also want to make an impression for Highland. A transfer from Fort Osage High School, he will be at defensive back for the game vs. Macon.
    Overall, Coach Grubb hopes that his team will come out and play tough, as any coach wants.
    "We know that we want to come out and play well," he said. "Coach Claas does a great job with those guys, and we want to be able to stand toe-to-toe with them throughout the game."
    Page 2 of 2 - In week one of the 2012 season, the Cougars played host to the always tough Centralia Panthers, and fell by the score of 33-6.
    Week two saw Highland travel to Brookfield and fall to the Bulldogs, as well as in week three to the Clark County Indians.
    Week four saw the Cougars hang with rival Palmyra for most of the game, but the Panthers eventually pulled away.
    After battling the Tigers, Highland will play host to the tough Mark Twain Tigers, followed by a road trip to South Shelby to battle the Cardinals.
    In week eight, Highland will travel to Monroe City, and will end the regular season at home against the Louisiana Bulldogs.
    Macon had a rough one against Clark County last week, but will look to bounce back this week.
    Be there!
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