October 18, 2013

Every step a little closer

Dalton can’t afford to relax; Northwest, Southeast look to bounce back


Coahulla Creek (2-4, 1-2) at Lakeview-Fort O. (2-4, 1-2)

The Colts head to Fort Oglethorpe looking for their second win in as many games, and Coahulla Creek coach Jared Hamlin welcomed last week’s open date — it provided some needed rest for his team as well as the time to work on details that needed fine-tuning.

One of those things is Coahulla Creek’s inefficiency when it comes to turning trips into the red zone into trips into the end zone. It’s not a new problem for the Colts, who have been working on improving scoring from week to week, but it’s one Hamlin is ready to solve.

“It’s funny because it’s always something a little different each time,” Hamlin said. “It’s either a penalty, or a sack or a dropped ball. It’s easy to fix something when it’s the same thing all the time, but it hasn’t been. The bottom line is when we get down there we have to be able to run the football. We’ve been fairly successful moving the ball from 20 to 20 ... (but) we can’t settle for field goal attempts.”

Another major focus for Coahulla Creek tonight will be stopping LFO running back Jacob Gilbert, who Hamlin sees as one of the better ball carriers is the region.

“(Gilbert) is a heck of a back,” Hamlin said. “He’s as good as any back we’ve seen this year. That will be a challenge defensively. It’s all about fundamentals. Our guys have to trust their reads defensively, they can’t freelance.”

Coahulla Creek, which beat Gordon Central 14-6 two weeks ago, will once again look to senior Cameron Burton to shoulder the load in the running game. Burton is the team leader in carries (83), rushing yards (409) and yards per carry (4.93).

Hamlin sees the importance of having success in the running game to set the tone.

“We’ve got to be able to run the football this week,” Hamlin said. “We’ve got to make that happen this week. It’s frustrating, but the kids want to make those plays and they want to be good. Hopefully we can work out those frustrations a little this week.”

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