New Year and Coach, Same Schedule for Football Tigers

The Houston Tigers will take another stab at the same slate of opponents.

After going winless in 2006, Houston will square off against the same 10 opponents in 2007 under the direction of first-year coach Chris Edwards. He replaces Josh Gettler, who resigned in December due to “family circumstances.”

Edwards, who spent the previous three seasons at Versailles, is familiar with rebuilding projects. He inherited a winless Versailles in 2004 and guided the team to three, four and four wins in three seasons against a difficult schedule that included state powerhouse Blair Oaks.

The Tigers’ schedule includes four district champions and six teams with winning records in 2006.

“It’s an obviously tough schedule,” Edwards said. “Playing in this conference makes it a tough year every year, just because of the caliber of competition in the SCA.”

Houston opens its season on the road Aug. 31 against Class 2 runners-up Marionville. The home opener is the following week against Thayer – the first of three straight home games.

After trips to Salem, El Dorado Springs and Mountain Grove, Houston begins district play Oct. 19 at home against Willow Springs.

Edwards, who held his first camp last week, said he’s anxious for the season opener at Marionville. Without its head coaching and several standout players, including running back Lee Flood and linebacker Kelby Parks, the Comets will hardly be the same team that trounced Houston 47-0 last season.

“Even though they’ve lost some kids and have a new coach, they’ve proven in the past that they just reload.”

Although Houston finished 2006 winless, the Tigers are eligible to return a majority of their players.

“There’s going to be good teams every week,” Edwards said. “We’ll have to play our best and have some things go right for us.”

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