Murray County at Coahulla Creek
With a season of varsity competition to rely upon as well as a larger senior class than in 2012, Coahulla Creek expects big things for Year 2 of varsity play.
Murray County is just ready to get Year 1 under coach Chad Brewer started.
Although Murray County was winless last season, which started with Coahulla Creek beating the Indians 55-6, Colts coach Jared Hamlin said his team can’t relax.
“It is a new year and a new season and a new game,” Hamlin said. “They have some different kids and we have some different kids. You can’t look on last year because this isn’t last year. They have changed. That is the key. We have to worry about ourselves and make sure we are getting better.”
Brewer — a former Southeast and Northwest assistant who was hired in the spring and is a high school head coach for the first time — is just ready for his team’s first game to start.
“I will be anxious,” Brewer said. “They have put in a lot of work and have already made progress. The attitude is much better, and we are much better than we were four weeks ago. That isn’t going to guarantee them things, but good things will happen.”
Brewer said his team can’t expect to make huge strides, but that isn’t what he is asking of them.
“We have to win the quarters before we can start talking about winning games,” Brewer said. “We are talking about baby steps. We want to win the first quarter and then win the second quarter. We can’t look at the scoreboard all night.”
Coahulla Creek will be keyed offensively by quarterback Blaine Williams. On defense, the Colts are led by free safety Erick Dominguez, whose seven interceptions in 2012 were best among all varsity players in Murray and Whitfield counties.
“Those two guys could start for anyone in the area,” Brewer said. “We have to contain those two, and then there are a lot of other players that can hurt you. We have to control the ball and keep them off of the field.”
Hamlin said he is concerned with the pistol offense Brewer has installed with junior quarterback Justin Smith in charge.
“The offense they are running gets the ball in their hands quick, and it is going to be difficult to get a rush on (Smith),” Hamlin said. “We just have to make sure that we are getting in his way and getting our hands up. We have to keep him from being accurate.”