Last week’s 41-6 trouncing of Southside High School doesn’t guarantee the Hurricanes be equally successful against the Palmetto High School Mustangs.
“They’re a very large offensive line,” Tate said. “And they’re very tough physically. They performed well in the preseason. I saw them against Westside in the jamboree, and they beat Westside 21-6. Very impressive.” Today’s game at 7:30 p.m. at Wren will be the season opener for Palmetto.
Last year, Wren defeated Palmetto 54-34 during one of its three wins of the season. The other two came against Easley High School. Palmetto’s record last year was 5-5.
“Hopefully we can come and make it a war,” said Palmetto High School Coach Jody LeCroy. The Mustangs’ main strength is its deep offensive line, LeCroy said.
But it’s going to be tough to keep up with the Hurricanes, now that their game has been changing from a running game to a passing game, he said.
“We’re going to have to run the ball against the teams,” he said. “We’re a slower pace.”
Will the game be close? “Who knows? If they play like they did against Southside, I don’t know,” LeCroy said.
Tate said he expects the Mustangs to come out and try to avenge last year’s loss.
“They … remember the game from last year, and I’m sure they’ll be highly motivated to come to our place and to perform well. I’m sure they still have a lot of things in store for us,” Tate said.
“I expect it to be a very tough battle,” Tate said.