Football: Monday Morning QB "Express Edition" - Graham
September 9, 2013By Kevin McCloskey of Western Alamance High School
Last week was MMQB "Light." This week is going to have to be MMQB "Express." Its just been one of those weekends when I was busy quite literally from sunup 'til sundown each day. And we only got to watch the first half of the game so I don't have a full lineup of material to write about.
So without further ado... Here goes the first ever MMQB 'Express' Edition:
- VERY VERY VERY happy to see J-Wil have a breakout game. He's been playing "fine" but had not had a signature moment yet this season.... until Friday! Wilson caught seven passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns — both 19-yard swing passes in the first half — and ran a punt back 52 yards for a touchdown at the end of the third quarter. Primetime... Primetime... PRIMETIME IS BACK!
- Similarly, Brock Deatherage is also being targeted more frequently in the offense and is coming on strong. Brock had his 2nd interception of the season and also ran the ball three times for 51 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown run on a sweep to the left side on the first play of Western Alamance’s first drive of the second half.
Summarizing these 2 bullet items.... USE YOUR WEAPONS! These guys are weapons for us and in game 3, they are really starting to emerge.
- Tyler Billings & Josh Price: To the best of my knowledge, we are perfect on PATs for the seasonl For the most part, this goes unnoticed and is "expected." But lets not lose sight of the significance of little things like PATs. And also kudos to the other guys on the PAT team; specifically the Longsnapper (Alex Ball) and holder (Hunter Lent). My only criticism of the kicking game... We need to keep our kickoffs in bounds. We're giving away too much yardage on the "illegal procedure" penalties which are assessed when the kickoff goes out of bounds.
- TJ Harris re-asserted himself in this game after sort of being lost in the shuffle vs. SA. While re-watching the 1st half hightlights, I noticed the 'Manimal' really playing with a lot of intensity and aggressiveness. He is a true intimidator!
- Jamie Billings is a one-man wrecking crew. There was one play where he quite literally flattened 2 Red Devils back-to-back. It was impressive. Keep an eye on #72 in this clip. LINK
- The X-Factor comes up big again. Dexter Brower with another interception that was very nearly returned for another pick-6.
- Donovan had another TD but also got dinged up and sat out the rest of the game. I hear he'll be fine.
- Very small thing... Kudos to our coaches and trainers for keeping the players hydrated and avoiding cramps. Last year, we had a lot of cramps and caused guys to missed several minutes of action. This season, it is MUCH better. Granted... It hasn't been as hot in 2013. But still our coaches and trainers have done a fantastic job (as always).
- Great job by KC Okoronko!!! I have to confess, when Jacob Webster was lost for the season due to injury, I was really concerned about our depth at RB. The way Donovan runs, he is bound to get dinged up on occasion (such as on Friday night). It is IMPERATIVE that we have a quality RB who can step in and be productive. KC gets an A+ for his efforts and contributions on Friday night. And KC is very close to earning a nickname....
Last but not least.... Let me say that I am very supportive and respectful of the job carried out by the guys in striped shirts (aka - the referees) each week. Its a tough job and a thankless job. And these guys deserve our respect and the benefit of the doubt.
However, the referees are NOT the game. The game belongs to the players and the coaches. I do not like referees who attempt to become THE focal point of the game. As others have said in the past, you can tell a well officiated game by how little you notice the referees. And I really do not like a condescending attitude and "lectures" throughout the game on various subjects (specifically those directed to young volunteer ball boys & girls and other volunteers).
As my hero Forrest Gump would say...
Looking ahead... The Warriors return home this Friday to take on the Morehead Panthers. This is a critical game in that it is the first game of the "Second Season" (aka - conference play).
The Panthers got off to a quick start this season jumping out to a 2-0 record with victories over Western Guilford (21-10) and Martinsville (32-0). However, they were brought back down to earth this past Friday with a 42-7 throttling at the hands of Reidsville.
Friday's weather forecast looks good with some cooler temps on the way. So I'm expecting another BIG crowd at WA as the Warriors open conference play. Lets keep the train rollin'!!!!
I have visions of 4-0 and 1-0 (conf)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And we're staying in Elon next weekend so I'll have time to do a full wrapup!