October 10, 2013

Highlanders game means only one can go 4-2

Adam Troxtell
The Express-Star


Since last week's game fell on Thursday, Chickasha has had an extra day to prepare ahead of today's match up with Lawton MacArthur.

That means more time to try and get players back to full fitness and, crucially, time to mull over that satisfying 53-2 win against Capitol Hill the last time out.

"Anytime you play well, with confidence as such an important thing, that goes a long way toward that," head coach Tom Cobble said.

But this week presents a different obstacle. The Fightin' Chicks went into the Redskins game confident of coming away with a win. They may carry that confidence over, but it'll be a much sterner test to topple the Highlanders.

"They've run the same style offense for 10 or 15 years now; they were kind of ahead of the times," Cobble said. "They're going to spread it out and go about 50-50 between the run and pass. Their quarterback is very involved in the running game, much like ours is. They make you cover the whole field."

It makes for another tough game for linebacker T.J. Filer and the Chicks defense, who will once again be without Evan Copeland and Triston Hill due to injury. They'll be responsible for trying to keep the Highlanders attack contained. This includes keeping quarterback Will Collins in the pocket to limit his dual-threat ability. Fullback Reed Pellerin anchors a strong running attack, but the biggest worry comes from the flanks. Gary McKnight and Barry Williams III are two six-foot plus wide receivers that can cause plenty of problems in the secondary.

The biggest key to beating the MacArthur will be breaking down their big offensive line necessary to keep the options open.

"You've got to put pressure on them," Cobble said. "But they have a good bunch up front and they throw the ball quick. That makes it tough to get to the quarterback."

Chickasha will once again rely on a solid running game as the base of their offense. Quarterback Cade Morris is on a run of four consecutive games with 100+ yards on the ground, while Josh Latham spread his legs last week to get 81 yards.