run. We had the bye week off, and we drew it up on the chalkboard, then we went out and produced it on the field.”
The Grayson offense didn’t really get rolling until the second half when fatigue and, perhaps a little frustration, started to settle in. So looking ahead, the defense isn’t the problem for Newton.
Here’s the bigger issue: An offense that has scored a paltry 13 points in its last three games, and that in one game against South Gwinnett back on September 30. That’s after the Rams were putting up 35 points per game during the first five contests.
It was hard to pinpoint one particular offensive problem that was worse than another against Grayson. There was an assortment of blown blocking assign- ments, multiple false start penalties, some dropped passes and, of course, the fact that Grayson’s defense is pretty stout — arguably the best Newton will see this season.
Jeffries said he still has confidence in his squad’s offensive ability, despite the rough patch.
“I mean it’s pretty tough to watch, but we’ve just gotta help make our offense better,” Jeffries said. “We have to stay up, and we’ve got to keep them up. We have to just take our mistakes, watch film and see what we didn’t do, and then fix it and just keep getting better.”
Part of that process may include a simplifying of things offensively, Banks said. It helps that tailback Nuru Tinch is back from injury. Through five games he had 210 rushing yards with a 5.4 per carry average and two touchdowns. He got a few carries Friday night. And with all of the pieces he has on offense, talent is not the issue.
“Sometimes you can have too many weapons at your disposal,” Banks said. “We need to solidify some things and stick with it. We need to hone in on our sets and our personnel and work with it.”
Shiloh (2-6 and 1-2 in the region) will come into Sharp Stadium on Thursday with a defense that’s giving up almost 35 points per game, so the Rams offense should have a chance to get well on offense this week.