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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Tigers focused on stopping Bulldogs’ option

  • Ask Mark Twain Coach Matt Hudson about the Louisiana Bulldogs, which his Tigers will host this week, and the discussion quickly shifts to Louisiana’s quarterback - Greg Pitzer.
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  • Ask Mark Twain Coach Matt Hudson about the Louisiana Bulldogs, which his Tigers will host this week, and the discussion quickly shifts to Louisiana’s quarterback - Greg Pitzer.
    “They’ve got a really good quarterback. He’s one of the top quarterbacks in the Clarence Cannon Conference. He makes the whole thing work for them,” he said. “The quarterback runs the option and runs it well. He can also pass the ball. He’s got a couple of nice receivers.”
    But Pitzer’s ability to throw the ball isn’t what concerns Hudson.
    “He doesn’t make a living throwing the ball; he makes a living running the ball,” said the Tiger head football coach. “We’ve got to stop the option. They’re an extremely good option football team and we have to really take care of our option responsibilities and be physical with them.”
    The Bulldogs enter the gave having given up an average of 41.6 points per game after games with state-ranked South Shelby, state-ranked Clark County and Bowling Green.
    “I would say their offense is ahead of their defense by far, not that their defense is horrible by any means. It’s been tough, tough competition,” said Hudson.
    Hudson’s Tigers know a thing or two about tough opponents, after facing Centralia, ranked No. 5 in Class 3, last week. MTHS hung with Centralia for a time.
    “We were really in the ballgame. We didn’t make mistakes in the first half and it showed with the 0-0 score at halftime,” said Hudson. “We came out and made some mistakes, just little things here and there, and they capitalized on them and that’s the difference. They’re an extremely defensive team. They didn’t win 67 games by not taking advantage of other people’s mistakes.”
    Despite the 21-0 loss, Hudson is not down on his team, which suffered from poor field condition much of the second half.
    “I thought our offense was good enough to score, but I’m not disappointed in the way we played. Of course I’d have liked to have had the victory, but against a good team like that, if you make some mistakes they’ll take advantage of them. That’s the way it works out,” he said.
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