Smackover to host Fountain Lake
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."