Indians hope to see improvement against LeePublished 2:00pm Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Last week’s game against Jeff Davis was supposed to be a simple scrimmage, a tune-up for the season to come.
After four quarters of back-and-forth, smashmouth football, both teams looked like they’d been through a Week 7 war.
“We approached it as if it was a real game,” said Tim Perry, entering his second season as coach of the Indians. “There were a lot of emotional swings in that game. I think that, combined with finishing the first week of school, carried over into practice Monday. We weren’t as energetic as I wanted us to be. But, last week we did have three of the best days of practice we’ve had since I’ve been here.”
Perry is confident his Indians will pick up the pace as the attention shifts from one section of Montgomery to another.
The Indians will host the R.E. Lee Generals Friday night at Hohenberg Field. Kickoff is set for 7.
While last week’s game was a scrimmage, Friday’s is the first in a string of games that matter.
“They are a much improved team,” said Perry. “It’s obvious that Coach (Tyrone) Rogers has installed his program there and they seem to play a lot faster and with a lot more confidence.”
Last season, the Indians opened the year with a 27-17 victory over the Generals inside Cramton Bowl.
And Perry is positive about what he expects Friday night when the Generals visit Hohenberg.
“We want to see our entire team shine,” said Perry. “We want to take what we started Friday night, that step in the right direction, and challenge everyone to keep going and show more improvement. I want to see another great team effort in all phases of the game.”
Offensively, Wetumpka has shown they can move the ball as Charlie Crenshaw kicked off last week’s game with a 42-yard sprint on the first play from scrimmage.
Runnings back O.J. Jackson and Monte Ball also had their fair share of shining moments in last week’s jamboree victory.
“I’m pleasantley pleased with overall performance of the team,” said Perry. “There are some things we have to work on and get better. But I felt like there were more positives than negatives. We only had one turnover in the first half.”
A lot of the Tribe’s poise came from their quarterback Sammy Britton, who made his first start last week.
“Sammy did what we wanted hime to do,” said Perry. “He managed the offense and played within it. We told him he didn’t have to feel like he had to make all the plays himself. Sammy put us in good situations and kept the chains moving.”
But, Perry was pleased with the play of reserve quarterback Quentin Taylor (senior) and Christian Montague (sophomore).
“All three of our quarterbacks played well,” said Perry. “Quentin was a senior that wanted to move in to the quarterback position in the spring and he’s improving. Christian is making the transition from playing ninth-grade a year ago to being the sophomore quarterback of a 6A football team. I think he was a little anxious at first, but he settled down and did well.”
GAMES ON TAP:
LEE vs WETUMPKA
• Friday night at 7 at Hohenberg Field in Wetumpka
• It’s a head-to-head showdown between second-year coaches Tim Perry(Wetumpka) and Tyrone Rogers(Lee).
• Last season, Wetumpka defeated Lee 27-17 inside Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.
MARBURY vs STANHOPE ELMORE
• Thursday night at 7 at Foshee-Henderson Stadium in Millbrook.
• This is the second of three trips to Elmore County that 5A Marbury will make this season:Holtville
last week for the jamboree and Wetumpka Week 10.
• Last season, Stanhope Elmore’s Mustangs ran wild among the 5A Bulldogs en route to a 52-7 victory.
NEAL vs HOLTVILLE
• Friday night at 7 at Boykin Field in Holtville.
• With new uniforms and a renewed confidence, the Bulldogs will take the field looking to erase the
memories of last season. Friday marks the start of Year 2 with Hunter Adams holding the leash.
• When the two teams met a year ago in Brewton, it was pretty much the living personification of
worst-case-scenario as Holtville’s sideline quickly turned into a green-clad triage unit. Fourteen
Bulldogs were injured and the hometown Eagles soared to a 41-0
EDGEWOOD vs EVANGEL
• Friday night at 7 at Evangel Christian in Montgomery
• Edgewood comes into Friday’s game with a 57-37 win under their belts while this is Evangel’s
• Last season Edgewood posted a 49-12 win.