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Lions off to strong start in football
SoVaNow.com / September 05, 2013Lion football is off to a strong start, with a 2-0 mark. The Halifax County Middle School squad faced an important game yesterday, with Russell here.
“We’re coming along,” said head coach Frank Shealy.
The Lions made some changes relating to the offensive line blocking schemes. Zack Carter is now the offensive line coach. “He’s learning the offense,” said Shealy, noting that he is making sure the linemen block in the holes they are supposed to, and block in the proper direction. “We did better last week than we did the first week,” said Shealy.
Shealy said the Lion defense has performed well. “The defense ... has been doing very well. They’ve locked down people. GW only scored ten points on us, and offense gave them two of those with a safety,” said Shealy.
Shealy sees areas for improvement.
“I want the offense production to pick up. We scored two touchdowns against Bluestone. I was hoping for a lot more. We were a little stagnant there in the second half,” said Shealy.
Shealy said Jamal Brandon has played well at the quarterback spot. Camron Carden is the fullback-style runner in the offense. “They can pound the ball, they’ve got some power. Jamal has got some great speed. As long as we can get those holes open, we’ll be fine this year,” said Shealy.
HCMS has not thrown the ball all that much. “We have thrown a little bit. Of course in middle school, with people rushing eight people, a lot of times it’s hard to get a pass off,” said Shealy.
Cedrick Jennings has shown potential. He hauled in a 50-yard touchdown against Bluestone, and presents a big target.
Corey Brandon, C.J. Miller and Tyonta Logan all have emerged as starting receivers, with good hands. “We’re working on the blocking part,” said Shealy.
“Jamal’s got a good arm, and has a good ability to scramble. I think we can throw more than we’ve been throwing,” said Shealy.
As for the defense, the Lions have enjoyed a solid start there. Safety Ty Cole has performed well, in his first extended duty playing defense. Otis Slayton, who also plays on offense, has played at outside linebacker.
Cedrick Jennings has played defensive end. Brandon also has contributed on the defense. Carden has played middle linebacker and Scott Nester has performed well.
“Extremely pleased ... Usually, defense is first. But they’re hitting their holes, they’re hitting their gaps. Coach (W.J.) Long is really working with defense. When he calls a blitz, he really wants them as fast as they can, in those holes to stop the offense,” said Shealy.
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