Herrin Hoping To Run Past Althoff


By WSIL Sports

JOHNSTON CITY -- The Herrin Tigers have relied heavily on their running game, to earn their eight wins this season.

Herrin's running attack has frustrated defenses all year. The Tigers' committee of four running backs have tallied over 3,000 yards on the ground and they have reached the end zone a staggering 40 times.

Now the Tigers will face a strong Althoff defense, but the game plan doesn't change. They want to run it early and often behind their strong offensive line.

"The lineman are the most important part," says Herrin junior running back Chase Merrill. "They never get enough credit because anything that we do comes from the line. They have been stepping up and that is good."

"Main goal is to keep the ball away from them," says Herrin head coach Jason Karnes. "We have to have ball control like we have done all year. We can score at anytime but our game is controlling the clock."

Herrin will play on turf this Saturday against Althoff. The Tigers haven't played a game on turf since week one this season.

So, the Tigers are practicing for three days at Johnston City High School to get the team and their running backs acclimated to playing on turf.

"It is going to be a little tough playing on turf," says Herrin junior full back Brent Milner. "We are not really used to it and it will be a different thing."

"It is different and you are going to have to get used to everything and I am just not a fan of it," says Merrill. "I like grass. I am still going to run as hard and make everything happen."

Regardless of the surface the Tigers know it all comes down to execution.

Each day of practice this week at Herrin or Johnston City is very important.

The game between Herrin and Althoff is set to kick-off Saturday at 1:00.
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