Just days after coming up short on their biggest fight of the season, Hebron quickly erased the 52-50 double overtime loss to Park Place and put their focus on the reigning 8-man football champions in Kemper Academy.
“I think it’s a good it stings a little bit,” head coach Tri Nason said. “They know how it feels now and they don’t want it to happen again.
Last week the Crusaders overcame a 22-6 half time deficit to send the game into overtime and eventually prevail after stopping Will Corben-Rogers diving effort on a two-point conversion.
Hebron racked up 309 yards of total offense with 230 on the ground.
Nason said they have had a good practice before heading out for their final road game of the season and spent a lot of time working on little things that could be the difference in a win or loss.
“Making sure on every play we have guys that know where they’re supposed to be,” he said. “Getting our right blocks. Making sure we all know what’s going on.”
The Eagles, who several times this season mixed up their offense with a few new plays, have added a little no-huddle system just in case they need it.
They might when they hit the field tonight against Pete McCleskey and the Rams. Kemper, 2-4 this season, have dropped four straight since opening the season with 50 and 34 point performances. The record may not speak much, but Nason knows it’s going to be a test for the Eagles.
“It’s a tough place to win at,” he said. “Going down there to play, it’s going to be a challenge but I think our guys will be able to handle it.”
McCleskey is a very good 8-man coach and because he’s been doing it for a while, Nason said that makes him more dangerous even though he lost a big senior class last season.
“They’re beatable,” Nason said. “They run a wild cat type offense so that’s one thing we have to be prepared for. I feel confident our defense can handle that, so I’m more focused on just scoring points.”
Taylor Coggins, who injured his shoulder in the loss last week, has not practiced but might be able to play against the Rams on a limited basis.
Kick-off against the Rams is set for 7:30