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Tygers prep for Colts with 2 QB's

Story By: Brian Skowronski



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It was a tough start to the season for Mansfield Senior with a pair of quality opponents on the schedule to open their campaign. But after the first 0-2 start in the Chioke Bradley era, the Tygers got exactly what they needed to turn the season around.

A dominating 45-18 win over Marion Harding on Friday night would get Mansfield in the win column just in time for the start of their OCC schedule.

"It gives us great confidence going into league play," Tygers senior Asante Wilder says of their 27-point win over the Presidents.

Wilder also references the teams quest for a third straight Ohio Cardinal Conference championship. A feat that has not been achieved since the league formed in 2003.

"It is very motivating to know that nobody has done it before and we get a chance to try to accomplish that this year," says Wilder.

The Tygers pursuit of history and an OCC 3-peat begins this Friday with a tough test in Belleville at the Colt Corral. Clear Fork is coming off back to back victories, including a dramatic last second comeback over Shelby last week, and always seem to play tenacious against Mansfield at home.

"It's always a tough football game going down to the valley," Tygers head coach Chioke Bradley says. "I look for nothing less than the most physical game that we've played thus far."

The Tygers will again start Mitch Nixon at quarterback, after the senior threw for three touchdowns while filling in for starter Brandon Swindell against Marion Harding. Swindell left Mansfield's week two matchup with Lima Senior due to a concussion, but has returned to practice after passing doctors evaluations. Bradley says the team will implement a 2- quarterback system this Friday against the Colts, with Nixon moving to his natural position of tight end when Swindell enters the game.

"We got two good quarterbacks," Bradley says, "Brandon will come in and we'll do some things with Brandon and get Mitch at tight end and do some stuff with that."

Nixon had not played quarterback since his sophomore season until starting vs the Presidents and may not be the permanent starter moving forward, according to Bradley.

You can catch the Clear Fork vs Mansfield Senior game in its entirety on the WMFD Game of the Week following Scores and More at midnight on Friday and again at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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