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Coosa looking to turn up the defense

Published 9:04am Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Central-Coosa High School put up 29 points in their loss to Isabella last Friday night, which was more points then the Cougars put up in any game last season.
“Any game that we score around 30 points in, we should win,” Central head coach Richard Bell said.
“I like where our offense is at, and we can make plays.
“We’ve just got to find defensive consistency.”
Central will look for some of that defensive consistency beginning this coming Friday night against Region rival Midfield High School, who has dropped down from Class 4A this year.
Central flourished on the offensive side of the ball against Class 2A Isabella, as senior quarterback Xavier Moon threw for over 100 yards and also had a rushing touchdown of over 30 yards.
“Xavier is a composed player and that is a really good thing for our offense,” said Bell of his quarterback who is also a basketball star for Central.
“He does a good job of distributing the ball and taking what the defense gives him.”
The offensive performance had Bell excited for his team in 2012, the defensive performance did the opposite.
“The guys just have to be more focused and ready to go make plays defensively,” said Bell, whose defense gave up touchdowns on consecutive third-and-long plays Friday.
“We’re going to move some players around and try to put our guys in the best positions this week because Midfield is basically a track team on the football field.
“They are going to try and spread us vertically and use athletes to make plays wherever they can.”
Central will move cornerback Javaris Whetstone to safety this week, as the athlete will be called up to defend the deep ball.
Although changes will be abound in the secondary, Bell added that his linebacking corps played well and he is looking for his defense to play as a unit.
“Midfield is going to be fast and go hard out of the spread offense,” Bell said.
“Our defense needs to be up for the challenge.”
Central-Coosa and Midfield square off Friday night at 7 p.m. in Rockford.