Noxubee County High School Tigers

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MACON, Miss. (WCBI) — Last year ended in disappointment for the Noxubee County Tigers.

A young and inexperienced squad very nearly made a run in the 4A North playoffs and saw themselves in Jackson for the second year in a row.

Aug 16 Jamboree MSU
Aug 22 Starkville away
Aug 29 Columbus away
Sept 5 Louisville away
Sept 12 Aberdeen home
Sept 19 West Point away
Sept 26 charleston home
Oct 3 Kosciusko* away
Oct 10 Leake Central* home
Oct 17 West Lauderdale* away
Oct 24 Caledonia* away
Oct 31 Houston* home
*District games

It wasn’t meant to be though but this season, the Tigers are poised to unleash an offense that returns the bulk of their talent and skill.

“I think we can be really good this year,” head coach Tyrone Shorter said. “Last year we were young and we almost made it. This year coming back we have 8 starters returning offensively and 5 defensively. We’re really excited about what we’re putting in offensively and I think we can be really good.”

That word ‘excited’ will come up multiple times when talking to coach Shorter about the offense from Noxubee this season.

Although the Noxubee County Tigers are known for their defense, this could be a season that reminds Tiger fans of the 2008 team that averaged nearly 40 points per game and brought home the State Championship.

And yes, Coach Shorter expects that type of offensive output from his Tiger offense this season.

“I really think we can average 35-40 points per game,” Shorter said. “That’s how strong I think our offense is this year. I’m a defensive guy and I know we are known to play good defense here but I’m excited about our offense.”

“We’ll definitely be better than we were last year,” junior quarterback Tamorris Conner said. “We are going to make less mistakes, control the ball and manage our turnovers. We expect to put up big points this year.”

To prepare for the challenges that lie ahead in 4A North, the Tigers have upped the ante on their schedule once again.

Noxubee County will face the likes of Starkville, Louisville, West Point and Charleston in their non-division slate in 2014.

It’s all about trying to live up to the expectations for themselves and the community that will settle for nothing less than a Gold Ball.

“It will always be us in 4A,” Conner said. “If anyone wants to go to the State Championship in 4A, then you’ll have to go through us.”

“Any team out of 4A that wants to go to State has to go through us,” junior defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons said. “Or, it will be us playing for the title.”

“Playing a tough schedule will prepare us,” Shorter said. “I think it will help us live up to the expectations that everyone has for us.”

It all starts on August 22nd versus Starkville before facing Columbus, Louisville, Aberdeen then West Point in successive weeks.

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