|Weakley County high school coaches turn keen eye upon own teams |
|Posted: Thursday, October 2, 2008 4:05 pm |
With the mid point of the 2008 season in the rearview mirror and regional opponents on the schedule for this Friday night, Weakley County high school football coaches are still focusing most of their attention on their own squads.
Region run — Weakley County high school teams will take on region foes on Friday night. Gleason’s Dalton Teeters (left) and the Dawgs will be tracking down McKenzie Rebels, while Greenfield’s Daniel Ricketts (right) will try to elude South Fulton Devils
“We can’t beat ourselves. We worked on the little things like confidence, not committing turnovers and limiting mistakes,” Gleason head coach Noah Lampkins noted of this week in practice for the Bulldogs.
Lampkins’ Dawgs (2-3, 1-1 Region 7-A), coming off a 37-6 win over Middleton, will tangle with the visiting McKenzie Rebels (4-1, 1-1 Region 7-A) in action set for 7 on Friday night at Parks Edwards Field in Gleason.
Greenfield head coach Jason Rodehaver’s Yellowjacket team (3-2, 2-0 Region 7-A) was idle last week. Greenfield’s opponent this week will be the upstart South Fulton Red Devils (5-0, 2-0 Region 7-A). Kickoff is set for 7:30 on Friday night at Harris Field in Greenfield.
The Jackets took the extra time off to work on their offense.
“We’ve been one block away from some big plays. We’ve gone over some of the different things we’ve had problems with and tried to get them straightened out,” Rodehaver said.
Westview head coach Don Coady said his week of practice has been reminiscent of preseason camp with a huge emphasis on the basics. The Chargers (3-2, 2-0 Region 8-2A) are preparing to host the Dresden High School Lions (0-5, 0-2 Region 8-2A) with kickoff at 7 on Friday night at Hardy M. Graham Stadium in Martin.
“We worked on the fundamentals. We continued working on becoming better blockers and better tacklers,” Coady said.
Westview is coming off a rough outing in a 42-14 loss to the Camden Lions last week, while Dresden had an open date after an emotional 47-20 loss to the host University School of Jackson Bruins.
In the loss to the Bruins, the Lions broke an extended scoreless streak with three second-half touchdowns for an emotional lift. The Dresden squad had been burdened with more than game preparation in the days leading up to the USJ contest due to the death of former Lion head coach Ron Lewellen.
In Gleason, the defense is preparing to stop McKenzie Rebels quarterback Austin McKinney, a player who is as likely to hurt a defense with his feet as his arm. Gleason will need strong play on the perimeter of its defense to slow the Rebels.
Lampkins is still urging his team to pick up its intensity for all four quarters and reduce their self-inflicted errors.
“We can’t get out of our own way sometimes. The level of competition is rising. I hope we can rise and meet it,” the Dawgs head coach said.
Rodehaver knows his team can’t overlook the Red Devils.
“This is not the same South Fulton team we’ve faced the last couple of years. They are confident and ready to play,” the Jacket coach pointed out.
Greenfield’s defense will try to see through the SF misdirection and bring down talented running back Johnathan Avent.
After a couple of weeks of shuffling players due to injuries, Coady’s Chargers are getting used to their new spots.
“We’re trying to settle in, put people in positions and leave them there. Now we’re working on execution,” Coady said.
With three different players finding the end zone in their last game, Dresden is hoping to find paydirt again against Westview.