|LC ‘one of those days’ for UC; Rebs, Flash have similar plans
|Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 4:24 pm
|Darren Bowling is not reaching for the panic button.
Quite the contrary, in fact.
“There are going to be games where the offense has to pick up the defense and others where the defense has to take some of the slack from the offense,” Bowling said after Union City surrendered 526 yards of total offense in a wild 55-41 victory over Lake County last week.
“Tonight, we had a good night offensively and the defense struggled some against a very unorthodox style. Lake County had a lot of broken plays that ended up being big ones, and I’m not sure there’s a lot you can do about some of that. I’m sure there’ll be a time when we struggle offensively with fumbles and penalties and the defense will have to carry that side of the ball.
“We’re just two games into the season, and I’m really not that worried about the defense right now.”
The Tornadoes have especially struggled against the pass against LC and Westview — giving up 585 yards through the air after the Falcons accumulated 413 yards. Opposing quarterbacks have completed 28-of-41 passes and have not been intercepted.
UC has performed considerably better against the run, limiting rushers to just 3.4 yards-per-carry on 66 total attempts.
The second halves of both games have seen better efforts by the Purple and Gold defense.
In each, the unit has surrendered just one touchdown. Against Westview, the Twisters allowed just 117 total yards, while Lake County gained 191 over the final two periods.
“Lake County, you just don’t see a lot of teams do what they did as far as scrambling around and improvising. There’s not a lot you can do to prepare for that.
“We will continue to make adjustments otherwise, depending on who we are playing and what they like to do. I’m confident we’re going to more than hold our own on defense.”
An 0-3 Dresden team that has not gained as many as 150 yards in any game and has yet to score a point is up next for Union City Friday night.
• OC MIRROR — Obion Central should be well-prepared for Lone Oak Friday night.
Both the Rebels and Purple Flash are spread-set teams, each intent on throwing the football in a fast-paced, no-huddle scheme. Both will use an empty backfield as well as four-and-five-receiver sets, meaning OC should be familiar with what Lone Oak wants to do while trying to defend last year’s Class 4A state runnerup.
“There are some similarities, sure,” Rebel head coach Shawn Jackson said of the expected high-scoring matchup. “Given what our defense sees every day, there should be some things we are comfortable trying to stop.
“They try to get their quarterback on the edge and run more than we do, and he’s a good one. He sees the field well, but he’s not afraid of tucking it and taking off.”
• DEVILS NOT RESTING — One shouldn’t think that just because South Fulton shed its shoulder pads on occasion during its open date this week that they are resting on their 3-0 laurels.
SF mentor Kelly Spivey and his coaching staff are using this week to implement a handful of offensive plays and a wrinkle or two defensively, while also focusing on their points of concern that they have had through three weeks of play.
Furthermore, the Red Devil coaches won’t be sitting at home on Friday as half of the staff will head to Hickman to watch the locals’ next opponent Fulton County.
Meanwhile, a group of coaches led by Spivey is headed to Huntingdon to get a glance of Region 7-1A rival Bruceton.
“This week, we’re trying to gather some information on some of our future opponents and gain more polish while we work on our stance, alignment and reads this week,” Spivey said.
“We have been going live in practice this week, but the contact is a little bit lighter than what we have done the past three weeks and part of that is so we can get this team healthy.”
Injuries have taken a small toll on SF early this season with junior guard Cody Clark not participating this week in physical drills due to a hyperextended ACL.
Fullback/Linebacker Skylar Cherry, who was limited to just one carry and limited defensive reps during Friday’s 36-30 victory over Fulton City due to a strained ligament in his knee, is expected to be near full strength against the Pilots.