A year ago, the Macon Tigers only got three touchdowns from the Mark Twain defense, but the Macon defense did the job of holding their opponents out for a shut out.
The 2013 season is the final season for the Mark Twain Tigers in the Clarence Cannon, and, so far, it has not been what their fans had hoped for.
Mark Twain, led by fifth-year coach Matt Hudson, is yet to win a game in the 2013 campaign. The blue Tigers have given up an average of 37 points per game, while scoring an average of only 12 points through their first six games.
Mark Twain's team is made up of a large number of underclassmen, with only seven players being seniors (Shay Elledge, Ethan Clark, Aaron Miller, Hunter Hodges, Eric Robbins, Aaron Boleach and Dalton Hawkinson.)
Offensively, the blue Tigers run multiple sets of positions. Macon should expect sets in I-formation, split-back and wishbone.
Mark Twain will have six returning starters on offense from a year ago.
Sophomore Ethan Mack (5' 11") will line up at quarterback for the blue Tigers. Junior Corey Gilmore (5' 11") also returns to the offensive line.
Running the ball will be a veteran and a younger player. Trey Arndt (6' 0" JR) will line up at the RB, with Tyler Elledge (5' 7" SO) joining him.
Through the air, Mack will have three main targets. He will have one wide receiver, Derrick Boyd (5' 7" JR), along with two tight ends: Loren Carlisile (5' 8" FR) and Dalton Hawkinson (6' 1" SR).
The leader on the O-line will likely be Aaron Miller (5' 9" SR), along with Gilmore and Bradley Branham (5' 8" SO).
On defense, Twain will base out of the 4-4 set. Five starters return from the 2012 season.
Miller and Gilmore will be the anchors for the blue Tigers on the line.
Eric Robbins (5' 7" SR) and Trey Arndt will set up as defensive backs
One newcomer on "D" will be Dalton Hill, who will line up as a defensive back for Twain.
Ethan Clark (6' 0" SR) and Aaron Boleach (5' 9" SR) will be the veteran players at the linebacker position.
In week one of the 2013 season, the Mark Twain Tigers traveled north to Brookfield, and would be shut out by the Bulldogs 35-0. Week two dealt the blue Tigers a tough home loss to Monroe City 50-30.
Week three meant a home game with Centralia, and the Panthers would win 54-8. Week four sent Twain to Louisiana, where they fell in a close game, 14-12.
Week five sent the blue Tigers to Clark County, and the Indians would win 35-8. Week six brought Highland to Center, and the Cougars would get their first win, beating Twain 35-14.
After hosting Macon in week seven, Mark Twain has two road games to round out the regular season: week eight at Palmyra, and week nine at South Shelby.
The Macon Tigers are seeking their sixth win in a row, and their chances are pretty good this week!