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August 20, 2013

JHS Football: Indian offense focusing on tempo, pace, precision



Monday was a short day for the Jacksonville High School football team as the second week of fall drills got under way for the Tribe, who were clad in pads for the second day.

The team's lone late afternoon workout was cut short due to the Pow Wow at Tomato Bowl, but the time the squad did spend at its Happy Valley training grounds was spent wisely as a lot of attention was focused on the offense as the Tribe continued to prepare for their lone fall scrimmage on Thursday evening at Bullard.

Simply stated, the Tribe offense can be compared to a large jet airliner — there are times that the engine runs full throttle and there are moments that a lesser rate is what is necessary.

Head coach Chris Taber's bunch were working on establishing cruising speed Monday.

A job worth doing is a job worth doing right, and when it comes to the Jacksonville offense, it doesn't always matter if the pass is caught or a nice-sized gain is made on a run, if the play was not run at the correct tempo.

On Monday, the running game looked much improved with Tony Lane, Braylon Parrish, Stacey Cummings and Lakendrick Anderson all performing well under the hot sun.

Three receivers' work also stood out. Datavian Thacker and Shylar Schreier had success on the deep balls thrown by quarterback Carter McCown, while sophomore, Cash Cleaver, had his moments as a slot receiver as well.


NOTE: The format for the Jacksonville vs. Bullard scrimmage will be a freshman game beginning at 6 p.m. at Panther Stadium...At 7 p.m. The varsity and junior varsity teams from both schools will combine for the evening's final tilt...Jacksonville and Bullard were hit hard with graduation losses and each team still has several starting jobs that are up for grabs and could be decided by scrimmage performances...Bullard had a successful jamboree against Brownsboro late last week...Due to conducting spring practice, the Tribe were limited to only one fall practice game.


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