By Anthony Rhoads
During the first half of the 2003 season, the Mundy's Mill Tigers have accomplished pretty much what they set out to do.
Even though they are 1-4, they have played competitively against some tough teams, including Darlington, Hart County and Mays.
"That was our purpose," Mundy's Mill head coach Chad Estes said. "We wanted to play tough competition. I feel like we have played well against some very good teams. I think we're making progress even though we haven't seen the wins but hopefully that will come in the second half of the season."
The second half of the season starts tonight for the Tigers as they play host to Luella at Twelve Oaks.
"They're a lot like us," Estes said. "They've got some tremendous athletes and coach Burgdorf has done a great job. It's going to be a good football game."
Both Mundy's Mill and Luella have solid running games. Leading Mundy's Mill's rushing attack is tailback Erroll Wynn, who has been putting up some impressive numbers. Last week, he gained 207 yards against Mays.
"It goes back to the offensive line," Wynn said. "I depend on them to get the holes and give me room to run and they depend on me to get the yardage. I go as far as they take me."
Even though this year has been a foundation-building season for Mundy's Mill, it doesn't take away the sting of losing.
"It's very frustrating," Wynn said. "Even though we've played good competition and have played them well it is still disappointing. But we're also glad we could play well against those good teams. We're going to be all right."
Luella comes into tonight with a 4-1 record. Luella is in its first season and is playing a non-region varsity schedule.
"It's going to be a tough ball game," Burgdorf said. "They've got good athletes. Mundy's Mill is a good football team and they're going to be a tough opponent."
Both teams feature strong running games.
Luella's tailbacks, Dominique Edwards and Markis Fortner, are averaging more than six yards per carry.
"They have been a good tandem this year but you also have to look at the fullbacks who are blocking for them," Burgdorf said. "David Wise and Levi Whitaker have done a good job this year."