|OC will essentially start from scratch |
|Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 3:50 pm |
|Though the official record lists Obion Central as 1-0, in many ways, Friday will be like the Rebels’ first game of the 2010 season. |
Head coach Shawn Jackson reiterated Tuesday that OC got “no benefits” from Saturday night’s 35-6 win over Fulton County that was halted twice by lightning before finally being called an official game.
The Central offense was on the field for but 17 snaps vs. the Pilots, while the defense played just 24 plays. In all, the action equated to about a quarter-and-a-half of true game time.
Of most concern to Jackson was the sloppiness (combined 20 accepted penalties) and that his team will essentially have no significant advantage of having a game under its belt against a Bulldog club Friday that will be opening its 2010 campaign.
“One of the biggest things I’d hoped we would gain from last week was the game conditioning,” the Obion Central skipper said. “That’s huge. Receivers run their routes faster in games than they do in practice. Linebackers run faster to catch you in games than they do in practice.
“You can do all the conditioning you want to during the week, but it’s not the same as when you mix in the adrenaline and emotions of Friday night. Because of the circumstances last week, we didn’t gain much of anything in that area.”
Sikeston, which is coming off an appearance in the Class 4A Missouri semifinals a year ago, participated in a jamboree last weekend — playing three other teams.
Members of the Bulldog coaching staff were in attendance Saturday at the OC-Fulton County to scout and exchange film with Jackson.
BRAZILIAN BOOT — If Friday’s season opener at Trigg County was an indication, Union City’s offense and reliance on a strong fullback presence isn’t the only thing that hasn’t changed from last year’s state championship team.
Victor Panetta, a foreign exchange student from Brazil who is one of two youths staying in the home Dr. John Clendenin and family, stepped right into the sizable kicking shoe of BlueCross Bowl hero Jorge Guerri.
Panetta, who’ll also play basketball for the Tornadoes this winter, was perfect in six PAT attempts in UC’s 42-28 come-from-behind win over TC.
And though he missed a 41-yard field goal wide-left on the Twisters’ opening series when he essentially double-clutched before the snap, head coach Darren Bowling believes Panetta — who also handled kickoff duties — will provide his club with a strong special teams presence this season as Guerri did a year ago.
Like Guerri, Panetta had no experience playing ‘American’ football prior to his first UCHS gridiron experience. Unlike his predecessor, Panetta had played soccer very little and reportedly quit as a much younger youth when he said he “wasn’t very good.”
Guerri, who also lived in the Clendenin household with Carlo Guericia Sammarco during the 2008-09 school year, booted a game-winning 22-yard field goal with two seconds left to stun South Pittsburg 31-29 in the Class 1A state title game in December.
He kicked five field goals in all last season when he was second on the team in scoring with 83 points.
MIRROR, MIRROR — South Fulton need not look very far to try and decipher West Carroll’s playbook.
The War Eagles employ a double-wing set that shares many of the same calls as the Red Devils’ own Wing T formation.
Thus, preparing for Friday’s season-opening contest against WC has been admittedly easier for South Fulton.
“Everything they do is very similar to our offense,” SF coach Kelly Spivey said. “We both try to get outside with rocket sweeps and depend on the fullback trap. I think they run more option than we do, but we pass more than they do.
“That might be the biggest difference and we’ve been working on defending against this type of offense for two weeks. Middleton (who South Fulton faced on Friday in the Lexington Jamboree) did a lot of the same stuff that West Carroll does, so I feel like we have gotten some good live work in already.”
Play-calling philosophies aren’t the only similarities shared by WC and South Fulton. Both squads have just under 30 players and the majority of those athletes are underclassmen.
This season, the Red Devils are suiting up just 10 seniors and juniors among their 27 players. Meanwhile, West Carroll has 16 underclassmen on its roster of 29.