FNF PREVIEWS: 2017 Electra Tigers

ELECTRA - The Electra Tigers are in the hunt for a district title, but they'll have to do it with a fairly young team and a new head coach.

The Tigers are coming off five straight winning seasons, going 10-2 last year as an area finalist. New Head Coach Brian Ramsey wants to continue the winning ways. 

"Coach Doughty's done a good job," Ramsey said. "They were 6-5, then they went 8-4, and then 10-2. I know they graduated a great class and I try to use that as motivation to our kids. Like you know, just because you lost some seniors and some really good seniors doesn't mean that won't go 10-2. Our expectations should be higher. I want to go further, I want to go deeper, I want to continue to work and they're giving me the effort to do it. I think we have the opportunity where we can play longer." 

Junior Linebacker Andrew Delizio will also serve as the Tigers' quarterback this season.

Delizio said he learned a lot from watching last year's Quarterback Drake Cooper, the district's offensive accounted for for 25,000 all-purpose yards and 36 touchdowns.

Delizio also said his new head coach has helped him better understand his new role.

"First day he said be a great teammate and that stuck with me," Delizio said. "You do nothing for yourself, you do everything for your team." 

"Getting personal fouls or whatever, that's not being a good teammate," Ramsey said. "We've talked about that, and I told them that I'm going to be a good teammate, because I won't be getting fouls on myself. I won't be getting penalties. I'm going to preach it and I'm going to preach it and also try to be the example of it, and these guys have really embraced it. They've really took it heart. Man, it's fun coaching them. I really enjoy it." 

Delizio and Montana Hernandez really enjoy delivering hits, racking up a combined 280 tackles. The duo should be x-factors on both sides of the ball.

Their experience will help fill the void left by defensive ends Clayton Holmes and all-stater Xavier Waggoner. 

Senior Lineman Jayden Workman said the main thing the Tigers are working on this year is more discipline, something Workman said they lacked.

"I think Coach Ramsay does a great job of disciplining guys," Workman said. 

Workman also said Ramsey is focusing on speed.

"Running off the ball out of the huddle and instantly getting down into stance. He's just a fast fast guy," Workman said. "I'm thinking we're going to be a whole lot faster. I'm thinking maybe we're going to catch a lot of people off guard by how much we've changed." 

"This team is very easy to lead, everyone works hard," Delizio said. "You kind of push them every now and then and we just go with it. We're a great team with effort, we always give 100 percent in everything we can do." 


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