On Friday, it almost paid off in dividends, but sloppy conditions and eight Tiger turnovers played right into Cleveland's hands as they walked from Winona with a 13-6 win.
"We should've had that game, but the turnovers and the weather didn't allow us to get out like we wanted to," head coach Ken Chandler said.
The Tigers got on the board in the first overtime with a Ray Richardson touchdown. In the second overtime, the Wildcats managed to get a winning touchdown and dropped the Tigers to 1-4 on the season.
The Tigers will look to spread the field more with several threats in the backfield and outside. To do that Chandler moved Josh Carpenter to the quarterback spot and Marlo Hill to a utility back. Chandler said Carpenter, who served as the Tigers biggest threat at reciever, has a strong arm and is a tough player to tackle.
"He's got a cannon back there," Chandler said. "It'll be very hard for one player to tackle him to the ground."
For Hill, Chandler feels that the junior is even more dangerous now than before.
"We can now get Marlo [Hill] out in the open," Chandler said. "Marlo can make you miss, and he's got the ability to get open and make plays for us."
Chandler feels now with D.C. Olton, Dee Armstead, Teon Thomas and Hill, the Tigers will be scary in spread.
Against Cleveland, Chandler said Tommy Burt, Maurice Rivers, Zack Carter, and Richardson had a stellar defensive game.
Top 5 Water Valley comes to town Friday, and Chandler said after a week of tough practices, he's seeing improvement in the Tigers this year.
"They're not holding their heads down," Chandler said. "They've come out on fire, and the players like the moves we're doing. The tempo has been very good this week."