WC looks to solve red zone problems|[10/05/07]

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 5, 2007

Between the 20-yard line and the goal line on a football field is commonly referred to as the Red Zone.

Considering Warren Central’s red uniforms, the two should make a dandy pair. That has rarely been the case this year as Warren Central continues to find it slow-going when inside the opponents’ 20.

The result is a 1-4 start to the season, but certainly not time to throw in the towel.

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“We played a really good ballgame against South Panola, but I don’t think we have been focused on a game since,” WC coach Curtis Brewer said. “The thing is, we are doing the same thing we did in the first game. We’re just not getting in the end zone enough.”

The Vikings will play their second straight Region 2-5A game tonight against Greenville-Weston at Viking Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Hornets, like usual, bring a team athletically gifted but prone to mistakes. The team is coming off a region-opening loss to Murrah, but is capable of breaking out under third-year coach Willie Brown. The Hornets are led by fullback Ken Meeks, a 5-foot, 10-inch, 200-pound senior.

Brewer has said he plans on making some roster moves throughout the game as the coaching staff tries desperately to come up with a winning combination.

Warren Central is a team that had South Panola, a team with a 65-game winning streak, within six points late in the fourth quarter only to lose by 12. Two losses followed before WC found a way past Hazlehurst.

Brewer said he wants to see the same fire he saw in the Panola game for every game. Coaches are in a constant search for someone to take the reigns and be a leader. Until that happens, they will continue to push, to try positive reinforcement and hope someone takes command.

“We can only tell them so much, but when those players get on the field, we need someone to step up and say, ‘I’m going to take this thing in and score,'” Brewer said.