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Cougars focusing on run defense

Published 10:05am Thursday, September 26, 2013

After a 32-0 loss to B.B. Comer, the Central High School – Coosa County Cougars realize they have to do a better job of stopping the run.
The Cougars (1-3) gave up more than 300 yards to B.B. Comer, and with run-heavy South Lamar next up, coach Richard Bell knows that the team’s run defense will be key.
“They run the double-wing, and they run it pretty well,” Bell said of South Lamar. “They’ve been doing it for a while. We expect them to try to run the ball right at us, and run defense has been one of our weaknesses this season. It’s going to come down to whether or not we can stop them.”
In order to do that, the Cougars have put extra time in sharpening their fundamentals.
“We’ve been working on the little things,” Bell said “We’re working on improving our technique and certain things in practice as we try to sow it up. We’ve been watching a lot of film to learn their tendencies.”
Despite it being homecoming for CHSCC, Bell said the team is approaching the game like any other game, and he expects the Cougars to come out with the intention of playing well.
“All we want to do is try to get better week after week,” Bell said.
The Cougars’ main advantage seems to lie in team speed. Bell said that judging from the game tape, CHSCC has to be able to get playmakers such as Tre Royal, Shakerian Hayes and Kyle Edwards in space for them to make things happen.
“They’re not overly athletic, so we should be able to get to the edges, get our guys in space and take advantage of that,” Bell said. “From what I saw on the tape, we’re a bit faster than they are so we have to exploit that.”
Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. at Central Stadium in CHSCC.