No one wants to be an 0-7 team, but with their first year under head coach Broc Silvers and his crew, things have been rough. With a number of the team's leaders falling to injury, more and more time is being spent giving the younger players snaps. In the long run, it could mean a more prepared team down the road, but for the immediate future, things are not looking good.
The Tigers' last two opponents in the regular season are arguably the two toughest teams they will see all season, the two top-dogs in the Tri-County Conference. The first of the teams on schedule will be the Blair Oaks Falcons, a consistently strong team that managed to beat the California Pintos, Versailles' last regular season opponent, by one point. Saving the best for last means more than an uphill battle for these Tigers; a win against either one of these teams will require a miracle.
Coach: Broc Silvers
2012 Record: 2-8 Overall, 1-6 District
2013 Record: 0-7
Last Game: The Versailles Tigers football team lost Friday's away conference game against Southern Boone by a score of 48-6.
Players to Watch:
Sean Varner, Fr. QB/DB/WR: Varner has picked up extra duties as injuries pile up, which is giving him valuable experience as he plays the snaps on varsity.
Raine Ryerson, Jr. WR/DB: Ryerson had a couple of nice plays in last week's game, but it will be much harder to turn up those types of plays against Blair Oaks.
Johnathan Cunningham, Jr. RB/LB: Johnny has been bruised and beaten all season, yet he continuously can be found back on the field. He is a talented tailback, and is fearless when it comes to taking (and delivering) hits.
Coach: Brad Drehle
2012 Record: 17-5 Overall, 6-1 District
2013 Record: 6-1
Last Game: The Blair Oaks Falcons football team won Friday's away conference game against Warsaw by a score of 56-35.
Players to Watch:
Jordan Hair, Soph. QB #10: Hair has been explosive for the Falcons this season, making big plays through the air with a talented offense.
Hadyn Lock, Sr. WR/DB #23: Lock had a huge night for the Falcons last week, with two major catches for 85- yards and 38-yards and two touchdowns.
Caleb Bischoff, Jr. RB #30: Bischoff is a solid running option for the Falcons, and managed to break off a 54-yard run in last week's win over Warsaw as part of the Falcons' 209 yard rushing night.
Keys to Winning:
1. Eliminate the big plays. Defensively, the Tigers have to slow down offenses to stay in the game, which will be much easier said than done.
2. Protect the quarterback. The Tigers' protection has been suspect at times this season, and Michael Allen has taken some big hits for it. Allen, on the other hand, has to find a quick release and get the ball out while protection lasts.
3. Eliminate penalties. Last week's game may have had a lot of penalties called, but an over-zealous referee crew might have something to do with that. Still, free yards are not something to be given away lightly.