Eagles hope to cut out mistakes, turn up offense

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 6, 2000

After splitting the first two games of the season, Porters Chapel Academy’s biggest problem is already obvious offense.

The Eagles had plenty of chances in a win over Plain Dealing and last week’s loss to Woodland Hills, but scored just seven points in each game.

“If we don’t crank it up, we’re going to have problems,” PCA coach Jim Sizemore said.

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The Eagles will try to reverse an offensive trend that started last season against tonight’s opponent, Union.

In the final game of the 1999 season, PCA’s Jeremiah Riggs rushed for 277 yards but turnovers and penalties kept the Eagles out of the end zone in a 21-0 loss.

Sizemore would love shake the ghosts of that loss as soon as possible.

“I think we’re going to play better this week, I really do. I look for us to play better,” Sizemore said. “Hopefully we had a week to learn and learn what to do and what not to do.”

While Sizemore said the Eagles would try a few new wrinkles on offense, such as misdirection plays and a more physical approach, Union will continue with its approach of airing out the football.

The Saints are led by quarterback Clay Cox, who has just 75 yards passing in Union’s first two games, but has attempted 32 passes with 12 completions. Half of those have gone to wide receiver Peanut McGraw, who has 46 yards receiving and one touchdown.

When the Saints keep it on the ground, tailback Jason Tullos (31 carries, 185 yards, two TDs) and fullback Bryan Sims (18 carries, 71 yards, one TD) will split the carries.

“They’re a tough group, pretty good size,” Sizemore said. “They like to throw the ball deep. I think their philosophy is, If we throw it deep enough, sooner or later we’re going to catch one.’ ”

While the offensive philosophies of the teams differ the Eagles have attempted only 15 passes in two games the teams are very much alike in one area. Each team will only dress out about 15 players, making depth an issue and the game more even.

“It’s going to be a tight-knit game this time. Coach Sizemore does a good job over there and we’re expecting a dogfight,” Union coach Randy Holloway said.

“We always enjoy playing Porters Chapel because each side knows they have an opportunity to win the game because we’re the same size.”

Sizemore said he also felt the teams were even.

“We’re so close you could probably put us both in a sack, shake it up and one or the other would come out,” he said.