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Raiders coach: Zero turnovers key to game against Lamar

September 28, 2010

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
Two weeks ago, the Oak Hill Academy Raiders (2-4; 1-0) played a nearly perfect game on offense, not turning the ball over once against Hebron’s defense.
Last week, they were at home against Carroll, but they had a few mistakes, as turnovers proved costly in a close win.
This week, Oak Hill head coach Leroy Gregg says that the team will have to go back to the same type of play they saw at Hebron, in order to be successful against Lamar.
“We’re not going to be able to turn the ball over,” Gregg said. “We have got to hold on to that football on offense.”
Lamar is coming off two consecutive wins against Heritage, a team that defeated the Raiders in week one, and Canton.
“We turned it over last week, but we’ve got to play a ball game with very few offensive mistakes,” Gregg said.
Gregg also said that his team will have to cut down on other mental mistakes that cost them points last week, and in the first four weeks of the season.
“We had some penalties last week,” Gregg said. “We have to avoid mistakes like that.”
As of mid-week, the Raiders were back in practice, but they have been a few shy each of the first two days.
“We’ve got a lot of people sick right now,” Gregg said. “We were missing three people at practice yesterday, and we’re missing three people at practice today, not all the same people. We’ve got a little sickness going around, so we’ve been having to sort of patch things together for practice.”
With Lamar coming to town, Oak Hill is going to need to be healthy on Friday night.
“They are very well coached,” Gregg said. “They’ve got some good skill players.”
Gregg said that Lamar stands out on their running and pass game.
“They throw and run it pretty well,” Gregg said. “They do that 50 percent of the time on each, and they are very good on special teams.”

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