The Tigers are riding a 50 game winning streak and are getting ever so closer to the state record.
was one of our goals, but not our main goal, going into the season. We have three
more games to go (to break the state record), but we really have our eye set on
four (state championships) in a row. That is what we really want."
Panola had a rough start but they endured the tough times and have grown as a
team for it.
"We had a pretty tough two games, but we managed to pull
them through. We are getting better each week."
And how has Chris fared on the field?
"For the game to be so hard, I am
playing pretty physical. I have also taken a leadership role on the field. When
we get up (by a large margin in the ball games), I sit on the sidelines and teach
the young guys where to line up, and where to go. That is why we continue to do
so good here. We let our younger guys get a lot of experience, so when it is their
turn, we never miss a beat."
If Chris were a teacher, and he was giving
a grade for his play this season; what would it be?
"I would give
myself a 90-92. I have been where the ball is going, so I will give myself a 92."
Panola has had three blowout wins in a row which has resulted in less playing
time for Strong.
"I have not played much the last three games, but
so far, I have 27 solo tackles, 7 assists, and one knocked down pass."
there was one thing Chris would like to work on; what would it be?
want to get to where I recognize where the ball is going before it is even snapped.
That way I can tell my teammates where to go."
Has all of this recognition
changed Strong's tune to his recruitment?
"No, not at all. Ole Miss
has been good to me. When I tore my ACL in 10th grade, they were the only one
who kept writing me letters. I have family over there. I know all of the ropes
and what to do and not to do. It is close to home and in the SEC. That is where
I got to go."
The Rebels have struggled on the field this season but
they have had one constant message for Strong.
"They just tell me
that they are glad I am a part of their team, and they are going to be real competitive
when me and my boys (Jeramie Griffin and LeRoy Diggs) get there."
Panola plays at Olive Branch this Friday.
Strong continues to shine
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