n Although it's past the midway point in the season, Saltillo coach Bill Rosenthal is still waiting to see what his team can do.
He said the Tigers have yet to put four quarters of good football together, but added they have shown steady improvement.
"We'll play well for a half or a quarter, but we have yet to really put together a complete game," he said. "We know we're capable of doing it, we've just got to stay focused."
Saltillo (2-6, 2-2 Region 1-4A) plays a key game in the region, as it travels to Lafayette County (3-5, 2-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
After posting back-to-back wins, Rosenthal's squad lost its second game in the region, dropping a 38-6 decision to a talented Hernando team last week. Although the game ended with a lopsided final score, the Tigers only trailed 10-6 at the half.
"It was the best half of football we've played all year," he said. "We had some momentum carry over from the two wins, but we still made too many mistakes."
The Tigers have another tough challenge, going up against Lafayette, with both teams still having a chance at the playoffs. Even though it favors the spread offense, Rosenthal said his team has to have balance to have success.
"They've got a really good football team, especially on defense," he said. "For us to win, we're going to have to run the ball with some success. If we can do that it will really open up the passing game."
Defensively, Saltillo lost an important cog in the secondary. Cornerback Van Wade has been the leading tackler the past two games, but is out for the year with a separated shoulder.
- Mark Beason