Wetumpka’s Peak: Indians elevate performance as playoffs close inPublished 11:23am Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Peaking at the right time. That’s what teams this time of the season hope to be who are fortunate enough to be playoff bound.
The Wetumpka Indians (5-4, 4-3) may be doing just that, heading into the regular season finale versus the struggling Marbury (1-8, 1-6) riding a three-game win streak–all must-win games.
In the last outing against rival Stanhope Elmore, the Indians burned the Mustangs for the most points its put up all season long with 53 points. Head coach Tim Perry said the offense came together for it’s best game thus far.
“I thought that offensively, it was probably our best performance of the year,” Perry said. “I believe we scored on out first six or seven possessions, which is very rare to do that. So, I thought our execution was the best it had overall, all season.”
Thanks to the offensive line cementing an impenetrable protective wall, quarterback Sammy Britton managed the attack with ease.
“I thought we were able to obtain a good balance, in our run game and in our pass game,” said Perry. “We did both of those with equal efficiency. I thought they gave the quarterback time to make his reads, set his feet to make good accurate throws. I thought our running backs did a great job of getting yards after contact.
“I think our wide receivers have done a great job all season long, but especially Friday night of blocking in space in our game. Our passing game has gotten better, our timing has gotten better, we’re catching the ball more consistently. I thought overall offensively, it was probably our best performance to date.”
Perry and the Indians look to continue the efficiency established last Friday against the Bulldogs and on through to the first round of the playoffs. At this point in the year, Perry said, you practice to correct miscues and sharpen the team’s fundamentals to have what the group does well, performing at its best.
“We helped (Stanhope) out by shortening the field several times with some miscues in our special teams,” Perry said. ‘If you put your defense in a bind by shortening the field for your opponents, it’s very difficult to keep your opponent out of the end zone.
“Stanhope did hit some big plays on our defense, but we also didn’t help our defense out by some of the field position that our special team ended up surrendering to them.”
Wetumpka looks to shore up its special teams, along with its other mistakes, against Marbury in time for the team’s first playoff games since 2010.
“I mean, we’re concerned about Marbury, we’re concerned about every opponent, the last thing we want to do is overlook somebody. But we also want to put focus on ourselves. We want to make sure we’re correcting miscues and errors in all aspects of our game. Gives you an opportunity to work on getting better at what you’re doing on both sides of the ball.”