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Skyhawks taking things one at a time in preparation for Tennessee Tech

Skyhawks taking things one at a time in preparation for Tennessee Tech
Skyhawks taking things one at a time in preparation for Tennessee Tech | Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks, Jason Simpson, Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles

Jason Simpson
By Stephanie Sturgis
Sports Editor
In order to keep his football team from pressing and trying to do too much to make up for an 0-4 start, second year Skyhawks head coach Jason Simpson is focusing on the number one.
“That’s all we’ve talked about is one. It means a lot of things for us. It means your first win, your first conference win. It means play one practice rep at a time, one practice at a time, one quarter, one play, one half, one game,” Simpson said during his weekly press conference.
The Skyhawks will try to implement the focus on one when they play host to the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at 6 on Thursday night in Hardy M. Graham Stadium.
The Skyhawks (0-4, 0-1) are coming off a 17-14 loss to Austin Peay State University on Saturday despite their best defensive showing of the season. Tech (3-1, 1-1) enters the match-up on a three-game winning streak. The Eagles lone loss came in their 2007 debut at the hands of conference favorite Eastern Illinois.
The Skyhawks will need stellar showings from both the defense and offense to stop Tech and extend their winning streak over TTU to three games.
After allowing an average of 44.7 points per game in their first three contests, the UT Martin defenders made a better showing against Austin Peay’s less wide-open attack. Still, they had trouble making stops on third down in the second half.
The Skyhawk offense is coming off its lowest point total of the season. UT Martin had its chances in the second half but could not reach the end zone.

Weakley County Press Sept. 27, 2007

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