PRATTVILLE In Prattville’s season-opening win over rival Stanhope Elmore, junior DeKeith Whatley and sophomore Cam Taylor showed off their versatility.
Two home-run threats, Taylor and Whatley each displayed their skills in the receiving game and run game. Lions coach Chad Anderson said having two players with multiple skill sets opens up the offense, and hopefully it’ll pay off when the Lions host Gulfport (Miss.) today.
“It keeps things spread out for you up the middle,” Anderson said. “You have those (jet sweep) runs, and then you have a runner like Kingston (Davis) that can slash up the middle, so it really keeps the defense spread out where you have to play the whole field, not just zero in on a box threat.”
Taylor, also the Lions’ No. 2 quarterback, ran for 54 yards and caught a 26-yard pass in the opener. His triple-threat ability keeps defenses guessing.
“I think I help the offense out a lot because I can do multiple things: catch, run and throw. So we’ll have some packages where I’ll be a quarterback sometimes,” Taylor said. “You never know what’s going to happen.”
Whatley ran for 30 yards and caught three passes for 47 yards. His goal is to make life easier for new junior quarterback Josh Moore.
“That gives Josh a lot of options with me, (receiver Derek) Gappa and Cam,” Whatley said. “It just gives the offense a little spark for coach Anderson to do numerous things with me and Cam, the option or trick plays, things like that.”
Prattville’s out of state meeting with Gulfport is a rematch from last year’s Game 2 when the Lions went to Gulfport and won 43-23. Even though they’re playing an unfamiliar opponent, Anderson said the Lions can learn from it all the same.
“What they do offensively and defensively, we’re going to see throughout the year. Football is territorial. We’re in the South, and we all hear the same clinic speakers and we all go and watch the same football on Saturdays and Sundays,” Anderson said. “They’re going to utilize things that are territorial and regional. So a lot of similarities to what we’ll see in the coming weeks, so it’s not that big of a difference for us.”