Arkadelphia, AR —
He says he can see an occasional face mask or a late hit flag when someone's hustling to make a play.
“Those guys are always playing aggressively. They don't apologize for their mistakes. They go out and do something about it.”
Sort of like Henderson State, which averages an evil 67 points a game, doesn't apologize for putting 80 points on the board against an inferior opponent.
“Some basketball teams don't average that many points,” McCarty said.
Nevertheless, he believes his team matches up quite well with Henderson State. “This is a great opportunity for our football team,” he says with a straight face.
On paper, the Tigers are bigger and just as fast as the Reddies. Who thought up that nickname, anyway?
Even though Henderson was undefeated last season and is again this season, McCarty believes they are beatable under the right circumstances.
Comparing scores is a dangerous exercise. At the same time, it's fun to do, and sometimes the comparative scores can give a hint of what is possible.
The Reddies scored late last week to pull out a game they had been in the process of blowing, to win by nine.
That same Southeastern team that pushed Henderson State to the limit, lost to Arkansas Monticello, the team the Tigers whipped up on the opening night of the season in Ada.
Somewhere in there is a victory for the Tigers. Finding it will be the challenge.
First, some of McCarty seniors will have to grow up, show some leadership and stop getting motion penalties three times in a single game, there coach says.
The youngsters tend to emulate that kind of stuff McCarty said, and that isn't a disease he wants to see spread.
“We had an evangelistic meeting about that,” McCarty said, failing to mask the understatement effort in that sentence.