Choctaw Central polishes game plan for opener
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 1:00 AM
No one has seen Choctaw Central in action so far this prep football season.
The Warriors skipped playing in a jamboree to work on individual player skills. But Coach Jerrod Thompson said he got a chance to check out Leake Central which they host this Friday night in the opening game.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
"They were playing in the Eupora jamboree and we went up and watched," Thompson said. "Their quarterback is very talented. He has good skills and can throw and run the ball. They have a good running back. Size-wise, with the new guys we have out this week, they are about our size."
Leake Central went 6-4 last season and defeated Choctaw Central 41-8. The Gators actually won their first five games last year but were only able to win one Region 4-3A contest and that kept them out of the playoffs.
Thompson said he has been pleased with his team's attitude since practice started. The Warriors have around 45 players on the roster and he is hoping to develop some depth, especially on the offensive line. Still, Thompson knows his team only won one game last season and he is looking to turn that around.
"If we can win some of our early games, it will encourage our guys to work harder," Thompson said.
Thompson said the team routine for game week will be about the same. Mondays will be dedicated to working on Choctaw Central's offense and defense. Tuesdays and Wednesday will be dedicated to putting in game plans and polishing up. Thursday is review day and Friday will be game day.
Senior quarterback Bryce Billy will be trying to get Choctaw Central's new offensive formation off to a good start. The Warriors have switched from the Flexbone offensive formation to the spread offense.