Most Clarence Cannon Conference fans expect the Mark Twain Tigers to have their paws full when they take on state-ranked Centralia on Friday night.
Most Clarence Cannon Conference fans expect the Mark Twain Tigers to have their paws full when they take on state-ranked Centralia on Friday night. Not lost on Mark Twain Coach Matt Hudson is the fact that roughly 24 hours later another batch of Tigers - Mizzou - will be underdogs when they take on nationally-ranked Georgia.
“I can definitely relate. They (MU) have got their work cut out for them also, but they’ve got a decent shot if they do the right things, take care of business, do what they do and stay within themselves,” said Hudson. “If we do what we’re supposed to do and we do it well all game, for 48 minutes, we have an excellent shot at winning the ballgame.”
After rolling over Highland in its opener, Centralia (2-0) needed double overtime last week to subdue Palmyra. That has helped fuel optimism in Mark Twain’s camp.
“Our guys are pretty confident right now,” said Hudson. “They’ve looked at the film. They know what they (Centralia Panthers) are and that they’re good. They’re not intimidated at all.”
While not intimidated by the Panthers, ranked No. 5 in Class 3A, the Tigers respect this week’s opponent.
“Any way you look at it they’re solid. They don’t make that many mistakes. They block well. They’ve got great size. They’ve got all the things that great football teams have. They’re tough,” said Hudson. “Anytime you win 66 in a row in the Clarence Cannon Conference you are executing well and they’re doing that this year.”
Bolstering Mark Twain’s outlook is last week’s 26-7 triumph over Monroe City, which evened the Tigers’ record at 1-1.
“We played pretty well. We executed our plays. We blocked people we were supposed to block and played hard defense. You can’t ask for much more than that,” said Hudson.
Hudson saw improvement in his team last week.
“I think we gained some maturity between week one and week two,” he said.