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Young WCCA team opens season Friday against CHEF

WOODVILLE — If there is one word to describe the Wilkinson County Christian Rams as they enter their 2010 football season, it is inexperience.

First-year coach Billy Caston said there are only about three or four players on the team with starting experience, and those players are playing different positions this season.

“Our starting safety played guard last year and our quarterback was a defensive end,” Caston said. “They’re good football players but they’re having to learn what to do in a different position.”

And thanks to all that inexperience, Caston threw out another key word as the Rams get ready to open their season at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Christian Home Educator’s Fellowship — patience.

“Patience is a key for us,” Caston said. “We’ll get better the more experience we get. We’ve got a fine bunch of youngsters, they just need experience. They’ve got to learn where to go and what to do, and that’s our job as coaches and what we plan on getting done.”

WCCA’s opponent is in a similar position, with 17 of 19 players new. However, CHEF is set at quarterback, where University of Memphis commitment Stevie Douglas will fling the ball around with abandon.

“Their quarterback is the real deal,” Caston said. “He’s a tremendous thrower of the football. We’ve got to come up with a plan to put pressure on him and make sure we have enough coverage downfield. They spread the ball out and sling it everywhere.”

Caston said the Rams will also need to contain CHEF’s running back, who has blazing speed.

“If he breaks loose on on, we’ve got no one who can catch him,” Caston said. “We’ve got to do a good job of containing him.”

WCCA competed in Cathedral’s jamboree last Friday and lost to the Green Wave 22-6 in a 24-minute game.

Caston said the team has come together well in practice and is learning from their mistakes in the jamboree.

“We had a great Monday practice,” Caston said. “The kids had a great attitude. They say you improve a lot between your scrimmage and your first game. The kids have been in the fray now and understand what it takes.”

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