Although this is Week 3 of high school football, this will be Watson Chapel’s second game of the season.
Watson Chapel (0-1) lost to Pine Bluff 24-15 at home last week after being down 17-3 in the first half.
“We have to work on pass coverage. The main thing is to keep players off the field after third down”, said Watson Chapel head coach George Shelton.
The Wildcats will host Nashville (1-1) tonight, and the Scrappers have junior LaMichael Pettway at quarterback.
“They have a very good scheme,” Shelton said. “We have to make sure we are familiar with their formations and some of their favorite routes. If there’s any way that we can make them one-dimensional, then that would be good.”
Pettway brings two dimensions as he has already accounted for four passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. Three of his passing touchdowns were scored in the first half in a 35-0 road victory against De Queen.
When speaking of the versatility of Pettway, Nashville coach Billy Dawson stated: “He played wide receiver last year but he’s been at quarterback strictly up to this point.”
Although Nashville traveled to De Queen and shut them out, Dawson believes the Wildcats will be up to the challenge when the Scrappers travel to Pine Bluff tonight.
“Preparing for Watson Chapel is a tough task. They’re very athletic and simulating their athleticism in practice, you can’t do that,” Dawson explained.
The athleticism of Watson Chapel that Dawson speaks of should be seen through the air from senior duo of quarterback Kris McCullough to wide receiver Kirel Young. McCullough was 11 of 19 for 114 yards and Young caught nine passes for 116 yards. Senior Devonte Battles and sophomore Trey Cole are a pair of running backs who will provide the one-two punch on the ground for the Wildcats.
“If we’re able to maintain possession of the football and finish with scores, then that would put their (Nashville) play-calling in a bit of a crunch”, Shelton said.
As for Dawson, playing on the road is not the challenge. It’s the opponent.
“It was big for our kids to get on the road and come home with a win. I’m a lot less worried about getting on the bus and traveling than I am worried about playing a good team like Watson Chapel,” Dawson said.