Vidalia introducing new offensive plan; Trinity rolls with four-game streak
Published 12:03 am Monday, September 29, 2014
Vidalia — The Vidalia Vikings are getting spoon-fed offensive schemes, one formation at a time.
Because of the Vikings’ overall inexperience, Vidalia head coach Jeff Hancock has methodically introduced new formations, with the newest being the ace formation Friday night.
The formation allows Viking quarterback Dylan Seyfarth to run play-action bootlegs, but the blocking he received up front did not allow him enough time to get numerous passing plays off. Hancock said introducing pass blocking is the most difficult thing to do at any level.
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“Even in college, it’s hard to get guys to learn how to do pass protection,” Hancock said. “That’s why I didn’t run the spread when I first got here. You have to have time to develop routes.”
In the Vikings’ 21-6 loss to the Bolton Bears Friday night, Antione Taylor and Julian Wilson emerged as the top rushing performers, combining for 164 rushing yards on 27 carries. Hancock said their production at practice led to them getting more playing time Friday, which eventually saw both players have breakout performances.
“When we run those plays, they were the best at running those, so we’re going to keep working and moving some guys around,” Hancock said. “We were running inside and outside zone, so we were looking to run it in. I told our young guys that they have to understand that it won’t always be on the outside. It takes time to put in the inside, outside zone.”
Since his first day as Trinity head coach, Zach Rogel has never let his team get ahead of themselves.
Now, with the Saints on a four-game winning streak, he knows that is extremely important, and it is beginning to rub off on his players.
“The win streak doesn’t mean anything,” said sophomore Cade Wells. “It is all about the game ahead.”
The game ahead is the district opener for Trinity against WCCA, and despite their record, WCCA is no pushover in the eyes of the Saints.
“We are going to have to practice hard,” said quarterback Kevontaye Caston, “They’ve got a big running back, and we’re going to have to go low.”
A win in every game would be nice, but to start district play with one would be even sweeter for the Saints.
“It would give us a head of steam heading into the playoffs,” Wells said. “Clinching district would be a nice head start.”
Although moving on is a must, Caston said it was nice to get a win on homecoming and that his team “is feeling good” heading into their Friday matchup.