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|Neville, Ouachita ready for battle|
The Ouachita Lions have enjoyed a storied history in high school football in northeast Louisiana.
They have some big-time rivals, too, including Neville, Ruston and West Monroe, schools that always rise to the occasion when facing Ouachita.
One old Ouachita (1-0) rival, the Richwood Rams, squared off with the Lions last week for the first time since 1978. Ouachita pulled out a 31-28 victory.
The Lions will have to step it up a notch again this week when the Neville Tigers pay a visit to the Lion's Den. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
"This is just a good old rivalry," Ouachita coach John Carr said. "We are coming off a win and we will get Neville's best."
The battle of the "Big Cats" has always been one of passion and fierce competitiveness. Neville (0-1) is regrouping after the Tigers dropped tough one 19-6 at home to Ruston last week. Neville is looking for redemption and improvement to avoid the horror of a 0-2 start.
A big key for Neville will entail slowing down a talented Ouachita offense led by senior running back Montrell Conner. Conner ran for a 75-yard score in the Lions' win over Richwood.
"They defiantly want to run the football," Neville coach Mickey McCarty said. "Offensively, they can run and throw the ball real well."
"We must have a better defensive game, too," McCarty added.
Corey Treadway is coming into his own as the Lions starting quarterback. He has impressed coaches with his ability to manage the offense and make plays.
Ouachita struggled to contain Richwood quarterback Greg Johnson, who had a pair of touchdowns last week.
Meanwhile, the Neville rushing attack has been aided by a big, physical offensive line, which is waiting to jump into action against a long-time school rival like Ouachita.
"We have to contain and tackle better," Carr said. "On offense we have to have a better game in the offensive line and fundamentals."