After coming off one of the worst losses in Waynesville High School football history, the Tigers have practiced hard and just want to get back on the field against the Springfield Kickapoo Chiefs tonight.
“We have made a few adjustments from last week,” said head coach Rick Vernon. “We worked on lineman assignments and having them adjust to whatever formation that they see.”
Last season the Tigers opened against Kickapoo and lost 20-10. Quarterback James Holler threw for 215 yards but he was picked off twice and threw no touchdowns. Running back Malcolm James rushed for 215 yards and one score.
“Kickapoo is very similar to Lebanon, maybe not quite as big,” said Vernon. “They like to get into the double-tight end set, they have three backs that like to run the ball and their quarterback can spread out the defense and throw it pretty well. They are big and physical on both offense and defense.”
So far this season Waynesville senior running back Warren Womack is averaging 125.1 yards per game and has been the Tigers biggest threat out of the backfield and has also scored four touchdowns.
Vernon says that there maybe a few changes in the line up but nothing overly dramatic and most of the changes will depend on what they are facing at the time.
“You always make a few little changes, depending on the team that you are going to face,” said Vernon.
Senior quarterback Dylan Newcomb will start on Friday but there will be a new starter at wide receiver, as senior Aren Martin has transferred to Lebanon. Martin's family moved to Lebanon after last Friday's game.
There is also a chance for rain in the forecast but Vernon says that shouldn't be a problem.
“Naturally you don't want to play in the rain but with a turf field we should be alright if it rains,” said Vernon.
Kickapoo is currently 1-1 in the season, after beating Rolla last Friday 14-7. They lost to Springfield Parkview on Aug. 24, 17-15.
Waynesville will once again be honoring players, coaches and cheerleaders from the past, as the 1970's will be honored prior to the game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.