|UC skipper plays ‘I Spy’ game in bye week to prepare for Tide |
|Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 5:03 pm |
Darren Bowling and two of his assistants got an up-close-and-personal look at this week’s Union City opponent last Friday night.
Obion Central’s Patrick Haskins has open field during the Rebels’ defeat last Friday.
The Tornado coaches took advantage of an open date just one week into the season to scout Trenton Peabody, this week’s foe in the District 14A opener for both teams at War Memorial Stadium.
Bowling claimed that seeing the Golden Tide live made him a better judge of this week’s UC foe.
“You get a chance to gauge size and speed a lot better in person than you can on film,” the Twister head coach said. “You can get a better idea, too, of the other team’s conditioning by watching the sideline, and you might see a thing or two that the game tape just doesn’t pick up or that goes on after a play.”
The Union City skipper went on to say that his team will face a quality foe in its first league encounter, despite Trenton’s 27-14 loss to Dresden in its opener.
“They’ve got a couple of kids who can run, and anybody who has seen or played Kent Scott-coached teams in the past knows they’ll get after you and will be physical on defense,” Bowling added. “They forced five turnovers last week.
“I know they turned it over six times themselves, but you can bet they’ll be better this week in that department. Like most all teams, they’ll show great improvement from Week 1 to Week 2, and we have to be ready for their best effort.”
MOVING ON — Obion Central can’t afford to dwell on the past or look too far into the future.
After breaking its 20-game losing streak in a Week 0 rout of Fulton County and falling to Byhalia, Miss., on Friday, the Rebels have their focus squarely on their trip to Alamo this week.
“We’ve just got to move on to the next one,” OC head coach Shawn Jackson said. “We can’t worry about the past or look too far into the future. This week is the one that matters.
“We’ve got to live for now.”
And for the time being, that means the Rebels will work on trying to find a way through Crockett County’s offensive line.
“I hope we can have a good week of practice and correct some of the mistakes we made in our last game,” Jackson said. “Crockett County probably has the best offensive line we’ll see all season and a lot of things need to be fixed from Friday.”
Offensively, Jackson admitted OC would be working on its own blocking after leaving its backs exposed against Byhalia.
“I don’t think we did a very good job of blocking and we got beat off the line against Byhalia a lot. That can’t happen this week or we’ll get banged around.”
SEEING FOR HIMSELF — Greenfield head coach Jason Rodehaver was in attendance at last week’s South Fulton-West Carroll game, scouting the ‘Jackets’ opposition for this Friday.
And though looking ahead to a matchup with the Red Devils this week in the teams’ District 14A opener, Rodehaver was still lamenting G’field’s Week 0 34-12 loss to Dresden.
“We’re up 12-0 in the second quarter and driving again and get stopped on fourth down deep in their territory in the last minute of the half. Then they got a break on a tipped ball that ended up going 78 yards for a touchdown with eight seconds to go, and that totally took the wind out of our sails,” the Yellowjacket coach recalled of his team’s first-game loss.
Greenfield suffered six turnovers in all in the setback.
“You’re not going to beat anybody turning the ball over six times,” Rodehaver insisted.
The ’Jackets will be looking to take some of the sting out of a 22-16 double-overtime loss to the Red Devils from last year in a contest in which SF rallied from two touchdowns down in the fourth quarter to force OT.
The thrilling victory marks the last time South Fulton won a game as the Redmen dropped their final four contests after opening the season with six consecutive victories.
SF lost last week’s ’09 opener to West Carroll, 36-27.