Huntington staff tinkers in search of perfection

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 2, 2006

ST. JOSEPH &8212; If isn&8217;t broke, don&8217;t fix it, but feel free to tinker with it a little &8212; at least that&8217;s the philosophy of the Huntington coaching staff.

Despite the fact that the Hounds have won by a combined score of 127-13 in their last two games, the coaches are still making minor adjustments to the defensive unit, and with positive results.

Last week, coach Chad Harkins inserted Seth Swilley into the Hounds defensive line rotation. The 260-pound Swilley&8217;s added bulk helped the Hounds control the line of scrimmage, as they held Tensas Academy to an abysmal 28 yards rushing on 26 carries.

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&8220;We put Seth (Swilley) in there to give us a little more size up front on defense,&8221; Harkins said. &8220;Having him in there gives us an extra 50 pounds up front.&8221;

The Hounds also changed the position of Terrance Johnson on defense from safety to cornerback to take advantage of his speed.

&8220;We moved Terrance (Johnson) from safety to cornerback, which was a good move and helped us play better in coverage,&8221; Harkins said.

Johnson&8217;s move to corner also provided immediate dividends as the team held the Chiefs to 51 yards of passing.

Rebels get what they expected

Heading into Friday night&8217;s contest against Riverfield, coach Bobby Marks said that he expected the game to be for the district championship.

Unfortunately for the Rebels, the team was unable to come out on the winning end of the 14-6 final score.

&8220;I felt like it was a typical district championship-type game,&8221; Marks said. &8220;It was a hard fought (game), and unfortunately we couldn&8217;t close it out in the end.&8221;

Luckily, the Rebels are not out of the hunt for the district title. As it stands right now, Centerville leads the south half by six points, and Riverfield leads the north half of the district by 8 points.

&8220;What that tells me is if we can hang on and beat Porters Chapel, then anybody could end up winning district,&8221; Marks said.

Natchez looks for a return home

After consecutive losses on the road, the Bulldogs are looking forward to a return to their home field where the team started the season off 4-0.

&8220;We played two excellent games back to back,&8221; coach Lance Reed said. &8220;We&8217;re ready to get back into the swing of things and get back on the winning track.&8221;

Last week the Bulldogs were, hindered by the loss of quarterback Jason Bruce, who didn&8217;t play because of what Reed has called a &8220;serious&8221; ankle sprain.

&8220;He was banged up and we wanted to keep that a secret from Meridian,&8221; Reed said. &8220;This week the secret will be if he&8217;s going to play or not.&8221;

Bruce is said to receiving treatment for the injury, but whether he will be able to play or not Friday will remain a secret to everyone including the coaches. According to Reed, Bruce is able to walk, and the team plans to have him test the ankle later on in the week.&8221;