September 13, 2013

Friday the 13th lights

Southeast crosses over the mountain; Northwest crosses over the region


Murray County (0-2) at Gordon Central (0-2)

Aim straight.

That’s what Gordon Central coach David Humphreys wants his Warriors to do against Murray County.

“We’re struggling, to be honest,” said Humphreys, who is 59-35 in nine seasons as a head coach in Georgia, including a 42-8 mark with three state quarterfinals appearances when he was at Rome from 2001 to 2004. “Everything we’re doing is new and we’re shooting ourselves in the foot a lot.”

The Indians also are struggling, having dropped their first two games by a combined score of 86-9. The Warriors have been outscored 50-12.

Chad Brewer, the Indians’ first-year coach, doesn’t want his players looking back or spending an inordinate amount of time thinking about the losses.

“If you play bad and get beat 51-0, why dwell on it?” Brewer said. “Forget about it. Adjust, fix things and move on. You’ve got to have a short memory.”

That can be a hard lesson to learn, though.

In 2012, the Warriors posted a 52-0 victory over Murray County that continued a string of routs that produced another winless season for the Indians. In half of the 10 losses, opponents scored between 52 to 69 points. That has to change.

“We have to be disciplined on defense this week,” Brewer said. “They run a veer option and we have to make sure we have the dive, the quarterback and the pitch on every play and get those guys on the ground. If we don’t, they have the speed to pop some plays and it’ll be a long night.”

The Indians, who have lost 20 consecutive games, have given up an average of 439 yards of total offense in two games. They have been outscored 52-0 in the first half, so it has been a constant battle to play catch-up.

Turnovers — five interceptions and three lost fumbles — have strained the Indians’ offense, so eliminating the miscues has been this week’s focus in practice.

“That’s terrible,” Brewer said. “You’ll never beat anybody doing that.”

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