Eagles set to work on defensive alignment heading into opener

By Austin Bishop
Webster Progress Times

After battling Leake Central to a tie during a preseason scrimmage on Friday night, first-year Eupora High School head football coach Stephen Edwards said there are a couple things in particular his team will be working on this week as they prepare to open the 2015 season at Water Valley at 7 on Friday night.

“We have got to know what to do better up front on the offensive line and on defense we need to make sure we are lined up better,” Edwards said. “Defensively, knowing how to line up is 90 percent of it. From there you just play football. If you aren’t lined up, bad things are going to happen to you.”

Front- Head Coach Stephen Edwards Back- Thad Walker, Eric Marshall, Dayna Turner, Josh Glasner and John Higginbotham

Front- Head Coach Stephen Edwards
Back- Thad Walker, Eric Marshall, Dayna Turner, Josh Glasner and John Higginbotham

The Eagles were able to score a trio of touchdowns during the two quarters of varsity play against visiting Leake Central, with Victor Goldman scoring on a run, Claude Herard catching a 10-yard scoring pass and Lamarcus Caradine scoring on a 67-yard pass play.

“I was pleased with the effort overall,” Edwards said. “We just stayed in our base defense. In the second quarter we did a much better of communicating between our defensive backs.”

He said the main thing that needed to improve on offense is blocking along the line and with the receivers. “We just have got to get better with that,” he said.

Edwards said Water Valley will provide a good opening challenge for his team. “They are a lot like us,” he said. “They are good on the defensive line and they have a safety (Kirkland Horton) that is being recruited. Sometimes he will play in the wildcat on offense. He’s a good player.

“They lost a few players from last year and are young, but they will be ready to play,” Edwards said.
After visiting Water Valley on Friday, the Eagles will host French Camp on Aug. 28 and Smithville on Sept. 4.