Christian Heritage School Lions

September 20, 2013

Rhodes, Cats back in action

Bruins out to avenge last year’s loss to Cass

(Continued)

Sonoraville (0-3) at

Coahulla Creek (1-2)

Opening the season with three out of four games at home can have its advantages, one of which is playing in front of a friendly crowd.

Tonight, as they open Region 5-3A competition, the Colts will try to seize that opportunity and duplicate something more like their season opener — a 35-9 win against Murray County — than last week’s 27-9 loss to Christian Heritage.

Despite its success against Murray County, Coahulla Creek hasn’t been able to put together a complete game since. The Colts have shown glimpses of success, but they have also been slowed by self-inflicted setbacks once things get going on offense and at times have lacked focus on defense.

Last week’s loss to the Lions is one thing Colts coach Jared Hamlin cites in making that case.

“We left 17 points out on the field in the first half,” Hamlin said. “We had a bad snap on the field goal attempt that I’m real confident we would have made. Getting stuffed at the 1 on fourth down and having a fumble inside the 10 on our first two drives really hurt us. We’ve just got to do a better job at keeping our focus.”

The emphasis for the Colts on defense will be shutting down Sonoraville’s Andrew Slaton, a 6-foot-1-inch, 185-pound junior running back, and 6-foot-5-inch, 205-pound receiver Clark Johnson, both of whom have the ability to make big plays.

“(Slaton), he’s fast,” Hamlin said. “He won the region in the 100 last year I believe. We can’t let him get loose.”

On offense, the Colts will continue to rely on the arm of senior quarterback Blaine Williams, who has passed for a touchdown and run for two more, although he has also thrown five interceptions. Williams’ favorite targets have been seniors Levi Wilson (11 catches for 137 yards) and Erick Dominguez (nine catches for 138 yards).

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