Rams must stop powerful Central Hinds

Published 12:45 am Wednesday, November 7, 2007

WOODVILLE — It’s going to be a classic match up between speed and strength when WCCA travels to Raymond to take on Central Hinds.

“They are going to try to run right over us,” WCCA head coach Sam Byrd IV said. “We have to clog the holes and use our speed to get to the backs.”

The Cougars are anchored by 5-9, 210 pound running back Ryan Oliver.

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Central Hinds’ head coach Todd Montgomery said if the offensive line blocked well and the backs ran well, they would be successful.

“We are a run based team,” Montgomery said. “We go straight at the other team.”

Byrd said the main objective was to make tackles and not allow the backs to carry for long yardage.

“We have to hit at the knees and slow them down,” Byrd said. “It’s going to be a tough game.”

The Rams need a good game out of quarterback Cody Cullins and running back Trumaine Norwood to win.

“WCCA does a good job running out of the shotgun and double wing,” Montgomery said. “Norwood and Cullins are good athletes.”

Byrd said his team would have to use its speed to be able to get to the corners and gain positive yardage.

“This is a good draw for us,” Byrd said. “I think we match up well against them. We’ll be ready to play but either way it’s been a good ride.”

Central Hinds finished the regular season with an 8-3 record while the Rams come in at 7-4.