Taking steps to enhance every week is at all times the aim for the Henry County Excessive Faculty soccer crew.
Patriots head coach James Counce Jr. stated his crew confirmed some development in pounding out a 49-7 victory over Clarksville Northwest on Friday at Patriot Stadium. The win boosted the Patriots’ document to 3-2 on the season and 2-0 in Area 7-5A play.
“Our children actually stepped up and did some issues that we haven’t been doing actual effectively. It’s at all times good to see them carry out the issues that you’ve labored on through the week in follow. This crew is getting higher every week. We’re undoubtedly stepping into the appropriate route. One factor is we’re seeing extra guys step on the sector and make performs. The extra guys get in high quality reps, then extra depth we can draw from later within the season,” stated Counce.
Patriot senior quarterback Ryan Damron threw first-quarter landing passes to senior tight finish Hudson Cepparulo and senior receiver Jayce Kendall. Kendall ran a punt again 69 yards for one more rating within the opening body.
Patriot senior tailback Morgan Barrick ran for 2 touchdowns within the second interval earlier than some reserves obtained into the scoring act within the second half. Junior James Bobbit ran for a third-quarter landing and sophomore Peyten Littleton scored within the fourth interval.
SAME NAMES TOP SEASON STATS
The senior group listed above additionally tops the Patriots’ season statistics. Barrick is the main rusher with 85 runs for 564 yards and he has scored 9 touchdowns within the 5 video games Henry County has performed to this point. Senior Lake Heffington has added 22 runs for 155 yards and two scores.
Damron had accomplished 47 of 83 passes for 540 yards with 5 landing passes. He has throw simply two interceptions.
His favourite receivers have been Kendall with 12 catches for 154 yards and a landing and junior Javion Boyd, who has hauled in 11 passes for 192 yards. Boyd is averaging 17.5 yards a catch. Cepparulo has seven catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns.
On protection, senior linebacker Caleb VanDyke and senior nostril guard Randall Foster cleared the path with 24 tackles. They’ve mixed for six tackles for a lack of yardage.
Junior linebacker Caden Marshall has recorded 19 tackles whereas Boyd has 18 from his security place. Boyd additionally has two interceptions. Kendall has 16 tackles and an interception that he returned for a landing on his resume.
Kendall has additionally made an influence as a return man. He has averaged 26 yards on seven kickoff returns and holds a 23-yard common on six punt returns, together with final week’s 69-yard landing return.
Senior kicker Gavin Lindsey has related on 18 of 20 level after landing kicks whereas going two for 4 on subject aim tries. He has punted simply 10 occasions in 5 video games for a 25.4-yard common.
PATRIOTS MAKE FIRST TRIP TO MEDINA
This Friday sends Henry County to Medina to play at South Gibson County Excessive Faculty. Will probably be the Patriots’ first journey to play soccer at South Gibson. Kickoff is about for 7 p.m. Tickets can be found on the gate or on the GoFan web site for $6. Final season, Henry County pulled out a 10-0 victory over the Hornets at Patriot Stadium.
“We had been having some actual points with our offense heading into final 12 months’s sport. I hope nothing like that occurs this 12 months. South Gibson has a extremely good soccer crew with some dimension and a few good athletes. They’ve modified coaches however Coach (Ben) Johnson is doing a superb job. They appear well-coached. They’re doing issues totally different, however they’re doing them effectively,” stated Counce.
He stated the Hornets (4-1) started the 12 months passing the ball typically, however struggled with that early in a loss to Milan. Counce stated South Gibson modified to a extra power-based speeding assault within the second half of the Milan sport and it produced three scoring drives.
Utilizing the identical sort of look, South Gibson blasted Jackson North Aspect 42-6. The Hornets had three runners rating touchdowns in opposition to North Aspect. Freshman Jaydon Reed ran for 111 yards with a landing whereas senior Austin Buddy ran for 2 touchdowns and senior Devin Harris chipped in 46 yards speeding with a rating.
Junior quarterback Heath Howe missed the sport with the Patriots final 12 months. Counce stated Howe likes to have the ball in his palms. He has the power to run or throw. He ran for 51 yards in opposition to North Aspect and had 87 yards passing, together with a landing cross to junior fullback Cameron Clark.
COUNCE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT
Counce stated he didn’t know what to anticipate so far as ambiance for the sport in Medina.
“That is our first journey there, however no less than it’s a quick journey. From what we have now seen on movie, their amenities are good. They’re taking delight of their stadium and subject which in all probability means they’ve a number of help. However, we like taking part in video games like that. In case you are a competitor, then it actually will get the blood flowing and makes you need to get on the market and play laborious when the stands are rocking with folks. That’s the sort of sport I hope it’s on Friday,” stated Counce.
PATRIOTS AREN’T LOOKING AHEAD BUT…
“We’ve got to remain targeted on beating a superb South Gibson crew. If we come by way of that sport OK, then we are able to flip our consideration to an necessary area sport the following week at Springfield. Springfield is unbeaten to this point and so they obtained one final 12 months at our place. We had been capable of beat them there within the playoffs, however I’m certain our guys will probably be prepared for that sport to actually imply one thing,” Counce stated.
The Patriots play at Springfield on Sept. 29 with each groups presently holding 2-0 area marks. Go Large Purple!
TOMMY PRIDDY is a Paris native who has been sports activities editor at The Submit-Intelligencer since 1985. He may be reached by e-mail at [email protected].