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|Neville hosts cross-town rival Carroll Friday|
The Neville Tigers (2-1) will put their ranking on the line Friday night as they host the Carroll Bulldogs (3-0) in a key local rivalry that always gets fans passionate about their schools.
Neville beat Marshall, Texas 19-8 last week in a game they felt they really needed to win in order to overcome the headache of losing to West Monroe two weeks ago.
"We were exited to get back out there and get back in the win column," said Neville head coach Mickey McCarty. "We were real pleased with what we were able to do."
Neville senior quarterback Taylor Burch got his first rushing touchdown of the season as he rolled out and picked up 22-yards on a first quarter scamper.
Neville also unveiled a new "Wild Tiger" formation with running back Jeremy Runner taking a direct snap from the shotgun formation.
The popular "Wildcat" formation is designed to create misdirection running plays and get the best speed on the field handling the football. The formation has swept through high school, college and pro football like a wildfire in the last several seasons.
"Jeremy gives us an additional threat in that formation," McCarty said. "Taylor had some big runs, too. He had the run for the first touchdown. I think our offensive line is really doing some good things out there."
Burch has looked a bit timid in running the football early in the year, possibly because he is coming off a severe knee injury that required surgery last year.
Ricco Pollard also had a good night including a touchdown run of his own in the second half.
Matt Squyers added a 27-yard field goal to give the Neville Tigers a 10-0 halftime advantage
The Neville defense also held a highly regarded Mavericks offense to just one touchdown.
Neville saw a few things on tape that they can correct with their defense and offense this week, McCarty said.
"We missed some tackles," McCarty said. "On offense, we just need to be more consistent in scoring when we have to opportunities."
The Carroll Bulldogs are coming off a 26-12 victory at Peabody Magnet in Alexandria.
Carroll quarterback Xavier Gray rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and added two touchdown passes as he completed 9-of-16 pass attempts for 201 yards and an interception to carry the offensive load again for Carroll.
"Carroll's kids have worked real hard and have a talented team this season," McCarty said. "They are really eating it up with the success. I think dropping down in Class was real big for them. They are real talented."
Neville knows that any success they intend to have this week against Neville will have to start with keeping tabs on the Carroll quarterback, Xavier Gray, who is considered one of the best athletes in the parish this season.
"Xavier (Gray) can make big plays with big throws," McCarty said. "And then he can pull it down and make things happen with his legs.
101.9 FM will broadcast the rivalry game on the radio. The broadcast will start with a pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.