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Gardner's experience crucial for Tigers

Nettleton opens at Bruce on Aug. 23.

Posted: Aug 16, 2019 10:04 PM
Updated: Aug 16, 2019 10:11 PM

NETTLETON, Miss. (WTVA) - Nettleton is coming off a 4-6 season in 2018, and the Tigers will be young in 2019.

However, Nettleton returns starting quarterback Graham Gardner, who's a senior.

Nettleton head coach Ken Topps, once a quarterback at Shannon, says having a player like Gardner under center is crucial.

"To have a senior quarterback in any system, regardless of his playing experience, younger guys look up to those older guys regardless, and he's being more vocal," Topps said of Gardner. "He's one of those quiet kids, but now, once he says something, they take that to heart even more since he was a quiet kid, so he's being strong with his words now."

Nettleton opens at Bruce on Aug. 23.

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