Thirteen days between games may seem like an eternity for any football team, but for Hebron, it gives them plenty of time to rest, refocus and maybe even install a new offense. A few more plays here and there.
“We have been putting a lot more of a variety of plays on offense,” first year head Tri Nason said. “We’re going to be doing a little more passing this week.”
Nason said that QB Will-Corben Rogers, who was 3-of-5 passing for 39-yards in week one’s loss to Strider, made some big leaps and is feeling a little more comfortable running the new passing plays.
“I’m excited to see how it’s going to work out,” Nason said.
Rogers likes the fact that these new plays give him more options of who to throw it to, up to four receivers on any given play. The junior even has the option of calling the plays on the field to counteract what he sees from the opposing defense.
The new offense will spread the field out a little more so the running game can be more affective. In week one, Hebron ran for 213 total yards on the ground.
“He did that really well in practice so I trust him with that and he feels good about it,” said Nason.
Senior David Kinard will be back in the lineup and along with new transfer Andrew Myatt, a freshman from Houston, the Eagles will have two threats pacing the sidelines for Rogers to throw to. Nason said the new addition, Myatt is roughly 6-1, makes the receiving core better.
The Eagles have been watching game film, trying to make corrections to mistakes they made almost two weeks ago, especially in tackling. Nason said one of the biggest problems was not making stops on the big plays which led to three Strider touchdowns.
“We had three or more guys make contact with the ball carrier,” he said. “They were actually getting shoulder pads on them, but just not finishing the tackle.”
As usual, the Eagles continued with their heavy conditioning regiment because with so few players, there are many that may never come off the field and get a break especially the linemen. Slowly but surely Nason said, those guys in the trenches are building up plenty of endurance to last four quarters.
Their next opponent, 5A Calvary Christian (Meridian), is a run-first football team and have yet to win a game this season. Their latest loss was to Kemper 38-14. This will be the third straight game for the Cougars who were originally scheduled for an open date tonight. Nason said the two week layoff has given the Eagles the upper hand already.
“We’ve been able to put in stuff completely new,” he said. “Even if they have film on us, we’ve never ran these formations. We’ve had time to put together a whole new offense if we wanted to go to it.”
The Cougars Nason said, like to rotate plays, bigger guys for the running plays and smaller guys for the spread. The Eagles however will be prepared.
“When they have their big set in, we’ll have a four man front and when they go to spread, our defensive backs will play man while the linebackers and lineman take care of the middle,” he said. The only disadvantage for the Eagles is they won’t be able to rotate as much, if at all.
Kick-off is set for 7:30 in Meridian.