CCHS Cougars tangle with Mustangs in season openerPublished 11:11am Thursday, August 29, 2013
When the Central-Coosa Cougars kick off their 2013 season, they will be up against perhaps the most unconventional offense they’ll see all year.
The Cougars start their campaign with a road test versus the Isabella High School Mustangs.
CCHS head coach Richard Bell said he thinks the team will be more than ready for the challenge.
“I think we’re ready,” Bell said. “They beat us by 14 last year. They run the Notre Dame box, and it’s an offense you see once in a blue moon. It kind of threw my boys for a loop. This year, I think we’re a lot better prepared for it and with the experience our team has, we should be able to defend them better.”
Bell and the Cougars are counting on the defense to make plays in this game.
Pass rushers Tre Royal and Brett Chappell will lead that side of the ball, Bell said.
Middle linebacker Nick Harrison is expected to perform well this year and with Shakerian Hayes roaming the secondary, Bell said the team should be covered on all three levels of defense.
“We’re going to be leaning on those guys a lot this season,” Bell said. “We have to play disciplined. We have to read our keys and play the gaps very soundly. If we do that, we’ll be fine.”
Hayes is also the lead back for the Cougars and along with the offensive line, Bell said he expects the team’s running game to help ease growing pains as CCHS gets Andrew Hammond settled at quarterback.
“We won’t put too much pressure on Andrew,” Bell said. “We know that our running backs and our offensive line are our strengths. Our guys are ready to go.”
In addition, the Cougars are stacked with leadership, and Bell said the team has been able to bond as it readies for the season to begin.
“I like my team,” Bell said. “We have a lot of upperclassmen. We have a big junior class and a lot of leadership with our seniors. This team is really unified, and they are looking forward to a good season.”
The Cougars and Mustangs kick off at 7 p.m. this Friday night at Isabella High School in Maplesville.