Hebron takes the filed Friday night for the first time in front of their home fans.
Just four weeks into the season and the Eagles are 1-1 coming off last weeks 48-8 over Calvary Christian. Head coach Tri Nason said he’s a hard time on occasions trying to keep his team focused for this week because they are still excited after that first victory.
“There still a little bit excited, I’m trying to get them to forget it but they haven’t forgotten it yet,” he said. “Hopefully they’ll be calmed down a little by Friday.”
Nason said he’s noticed the confidence in the team. During the win, he asked his players what play they should run to pick up nine yards for the first down and they responded with “any of them”. It’s definitely rubbing off in practice this week.
“The intensity at practice has picked up a little bit,” he said. “I’ve had to call them off from hitting each other. They got a pretty good taste of that Friday and they like it. I’m trying to save that for the games now and not beat ourselves up. I’m just hoping they could keep it going and it lasts the rest of the season because they’re pretty fired up.”
The Eagles set season highs on the offensive side of the football. Hebron racked up 426-yards of total offense, including 274 on the ground. Will Corben-Rogers led the team with 136 yards on eight carries while going 6-of-10 for 152 yards in the air. He also finished with four touchdowns, including one on a 26-yard fumble recovery.
Nason installed a new system during the bye week and given Rogers complete control from the line of scrimmage. It looks as though the Eagles have taken flight.
Clinton Christian (1-2) are coming off a 26-12 win over Veritas School. The Warriors Nason says, like to keep the ball in the box and overload one side; basically just a hard nosed running game.
Hebron faced a similar offense in Calvary, so they are pretty familiar with the game-plan for Friday.
“They’re dangerous,” Nason said. “If they’re clicking, they can cause problems.”
The Eagles will need another repeat performance of the defensive line, who did a good job taking care of the outside last week if they are going to be successful in stopping this running attack. Nason said he wants to focus on working out their slants and blitz packages.
Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. in Pheba,