McDonald’s Team of the Week: Mansfield Tigers

Our McDonalds Team of the Week may come as a surprise to a lot of people, but not to anybody in the town of Mansfield. The Tigers put a 49-6 beatdown of Greenland on Friday, a team that came in as a defending conference champion.

“Everyone was excited,” said junior running back Bo Patterson. “We were excited. We got our town excited.”

“It was insane,” said senior tight end Cullen Nicodemus. “Everyone was in there screaming. I couldn’t hear myself think.”

Mansfield ran the ball at will on Greenland, leading 21 nothing after just the first quarter. They completely shut down super star running back Calvin Giddens. Now, confidence is at a premium.

“It’s pretty high,” said junior fullback Jeffery Bartlett. “We have a lot better mindset than we did last year and I hope we’ll be a lot better this year.”

“We’re a ground and pound team,” said Nicodemus. “We can run the ball straight up the middle and blow them up.”

With a new head coach in Brandon Elmore, this could have been seen as a rebuilding year. Now at 2-0, it’s a year with a lot of high hopes.

“He’s making us work harder and harder,” said Patterson.” I think that’s what’s best for our team and so far it’s worked out good.”

In the 3A-4 conference, everyone is looking up to Charleston. With this eye-opening win, Mansfield could be a threat now. Their last conference title was 2010. However, the last two years have been nothing but disappointment

“Guys are playing for each other a lot more,” said head coach Brandon Elmore. “In the past we had some individuals who were concerned with their own accolades. We’re really playing for each other now.”

Mansfield tries to make it 3-0 on the season this Friday at Mena.