Smack­over to host Foun­tain Lake

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports - By Ja­son Avery News-Times Staff

Last week, Hard­ing Academy's Davis Mor­gan threw for 394 yards and six touch­downs in the Wild­cats' 49-21 win over Smack­over.

Things don't get any eas­ier this week for the Bucks with the ar­rival of 4A foe Foun­tain Lake for their home opener.

The Bucks (1-1) and Co­bras (1-1) will square off at 7 p.m. tonight in Smack­over.

Led by se­nior quar­ter­back Stephen Turner, the Co­bras are av­er­ag­ing over 400 yards per game of to­tal of­fense through their first two games, and Smack­over coach Mike Baysinger said the Bucks' pass de­fense will be put to the test.

"It's go­ing to be kind of the same," Baysinger said when asked to com­pare the of­fenses of Foun­tain Lake and Hard­ing Academy. "The quar­ter­back does a good job of get­ting the ball out quick. They're go­ing to throw some go routes, some quick, in­side passes and some RPO's off of some things. They line up sound and they are in the right places where they need to be."

In their win over Haskell Har­mony Grove last week, Turner had a ter­rific per­for­mance, com­plet­ing 10 of his 13 passes for 267 yards and four touch­downs.

Se­nior Par­ion John­son has posted con­sec­u­tive 100-yard games re­ceiv­ing, catch­ing five passes for 120 yards and three touch­downs last week.

Ju­nior Ah­man John­son leads the Co­bras in catches early on with 12, and he also has topped the cen­tury mark in re­ceiv­ing yards in Foun­tain Lake's first two games, tal­ly­ing four catches for 133 yards and a touch­down a week ago.

Ju­nior run­ning back Dy­lan Was­son picked up 122 yards and a touch­down on 23 car­ries in the Co­bras' loss to Pottsville in Week 1.

If there is one as­pect to last week's game that the

Bucks will try to ben­e­fit from, it's learn­ing from their mis­takes.

"It's a good coach­ing tool for us," Baysinger said. "It ex­posed us to some things that we need to work on and get bet­ter at. Some­times you don't know what you need to work on un­til you get ex­posed, then it stands out and you have to do a bet­ter job of this, this and this. Some­times you take some things for granted and think you're OK in some ar­eas, and then when some­body ex­poses you, you re­al­ize you need to do a lot more work in some ar­eas."

Baysinger also gave plenty of credit to the Wild­cats for their of­fen­sive ex­e­cu­tion.

"They went up and played the ball well," Baysinger said. "They made some plays on the deep ball. The quar­ter­back did a good job, the wide re­ceivers ran good routes. They just did a good job."

Af­ter open­ing the sea­son with a come-from-be­hind win against Har­mony Grove, the Bucks strug­gled Fri­day night, turn­ing the ball over six times, fin­ish­ing with 257 yards of to­tal of­fense.

How­ever, Baysinger said the team hasn't lost any con­fi­dence.

"They're OK," Baysinger said. "We told them we're not dis­ap­pointed in the loss. It's our first year, and we've got some young kids. We've got to work on us ev­ery week, and there's no­body that hasn't got­ten beat be­fore, so it's just one of those things that's go­ing to hap­pen to you, and you learn from things like that. You learn from mis­takes and hope­fully you get bet­ter from them."

Smack­over opened the scor­ing on a 62-yard touch­down pass from Roshard Boone to Corbin Lee, but did lit­tle from that point on.

De­spite their strug­gles, Baysinger said the unit is mak­ing progress.

"We still have got to do some things bet­ter," Baysinger said. "We're miss­ing on some things, but not by a lot. We've got to do a bet­ter job of block­ing on the perime­ter. I think our backs need to do a bet­ter job in pass pro­tec­tion and block­ing on the edge. I think our O-line slowly but surely is get­ting bet­ter. There's just some things that we've got to fix and con­tinue to work on."

If the Bucks are to win their home opener, Baysinger said there will be a cou­ple of fac­tors.

"I think the sec­ondary has to do a bet­ter job on the pass­ing game," Baysinger said. "Of­fen­sively, I think we've got to score some points and build some con­fi­dence. I think they have a pretty good quar­ter­back, tail­back and a cou­ple of good re­ceivers. I think their pass­ing game is go­ing to be pretty good, and they're pretty solid on de­fense, too. I think it's a bounce back week for our of­fense and de­fense. There's al­ways room for im­prove­ment."

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