Warriors' offense makes jump in improvement

Warriors' offense makes jump in improvement


Warriors' offense makes jump in improvement



Area teams enter the first week of district action this week.

Two weeks of non-conference games have allowed coaches to get a good glimpse of their respective teams.

Here are five things we know entering Week 2.

Woodruff key to Warrior offense

Riverdale’s offense looked like it was in midseason form in its 47-7 rout of Louisville Ballard on Saturday at Papa John’s.

An increase role of quarterback Dillon Woodruff was a key reason for that. Woodruff, who threw for less than 30 yards and didn’t carry the ball at all in Week 0, threw for more than 100 yards and ran for three touchdowns in Week 1.

And that was just in the first half.

If Woodruff’s role continues to increase, the Warriors’ offense should continue to improve.

Siegel O, Blaze D get big tests this week

Siegel’s offense has averaged 51 points and 465 total yards in two games this season in back-to-back mercy rule wins.

And in one game, they did it without Division I prospect and starting quarterback Brent Stockstill.

Quarterbacks Dakota Crane and Jay Melton filled in for Stockstill, who is listed as probable for Friday’s District 7-AAA contest with Blackman because of an undisclosed injury.

But Siegel (2-0) will get its best test to date when it faces a Blackman defense that is giving up 10.5 points and 139 yards through two games. Blackman also is 2-0.

Patriots fine-tuning defense

Oakland coach Thomas McDaniel hasn’t set his defense yet. He’s making wholesale substitutions the next couple weeks to be able to determine which 11 will be the best to put on the field.

But thus far, he can’t be too upset with the defense.

Oakland (1-1) dominated Hunters Lane on both sides of the ball, giving up just 75 yards. However, things won’t be that easy against La Vergne, which is fighting for its first win of the prep season.

La Vergne, Smyrna search for answers

Two games into the season, La Vergne and Smyrna are both searching for win No. 1.

Most thought that Smyrna may struggle at least early on this season because of its early tough schedule combined with lack of varsity experience. However, many are surprised with La Vergne’s 0-2 start.

However, both of the Wolverines’ losses have come against undefeated teams. Both Antioch and Wilson Central are 2-0.

La Vergne’s struggles has been developing a pass game with first-year starting quarterback C.J. Fore. Teams have loaded up the box to stop the run game.

Smyrna steadily is getting more experience on the field. But with Riverdale (2-0) and Olive Branch, Miss. (2-0) up the next two weeks, the Bulldogs are going to have to continue to improve in a hurry.

MTCS getting closer

MTCS (0-2) has had its share of struggles over the past two seasons. However, it was evident Friday night that the Cougars are improving.

Enter the fourth quarter Friday night against Ezell-Harding (1-1), the Cougars led 13-12.

But then MTCS derailed, eventually falling 34-13.

A key reason for the improvement has been the team’s ability to stay healthy. Thus far, running back Zach Brandon (1-1) is the most significant injury.


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