October 1, 2012

Chicks find their wings on offense

Aaron Colen, Sports Editor,
The Express-Star


Chickasha High School is 1-1 in its last two football games, but the Chicks have found their groove offensively over the last few weeks, said head coach Tom Cobble.

"The Altus game and this [last] game we felt like we kind of arrived where we need to be offensively," Cobble said. "We can do a good job of running I-Formation, power option offense or we can get into our spread offense and throw it."

The Fightin' Chicks managed 520 yards of total offense Friday night in a 58-6 win over Capitol Hill, most of them on the ground.

Several Chickasha running backs got their shot at Capitol Hill's defense, and they combined for 314 yards on 34 carries. Daniel Neff led the way with 108 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.

Backs like Tresjon Davis and Josh Latham also continued to get more involved in the offense. Davis had four carries for 66 yards and a touchdown, and Latham ran six times for 57 yards and a touchdown.

"Tresjon Davis has really come along," Cobble said. "He didn't play last year, but he's probably got the best feel as far as knowing all the plays, blocking assignments, running assignments, and overall does a really good job."

Latham plays a lot of fullback, but is starting to get his share of carries, especially in the bigger formations.

"Josh Latham feels way more comfortable in our I-Formation stuff than in the gun, but he can do it all," Cobble said.

Neff and Madison have been the primary options at running back, but the Chicks have several more solid options whenever a change of pace is needed.


Passing game continues to develop


Cobble said quarterback Cade Morris is getting more and more confident and effective each week, and that is due in part to the offense being tinkered some to fit his strengths.

"We kind of altered our passing game to suit him, which is a little shorter, medium-range stuff, not throwing the ball down the field quite as much, which isn't his strong point," Cobble said.

Friday against Capitol Hill, Morris went 8-for-10 for 198 yards and two touchdowns, and with a big lead didn't even throw the ball in the second half.

One thing Morris has done, which is crucial to any offense, is avoid mistakes, said Cobble.

"He's coming along every week," Cobble said. "As I grade him, he doesn't make many mistakes at all. He's running the option well, making the right decision, and getting us in the right set and the right play."

The Chicks have been working to develop more targets for Morris, in addition to leading receiver Shaq Oliver, who has a majority of the receptions and yards.

"Brandon Wright has moved to that wideout/tight end and is doing a good job, and we've inserted Deshawn Young into our offense more and we need to get him the ball more," Cobble said.

Cobble also mentioned Ryan Mosley, Neff and T.J. Filer as other targets who may get more looks as the season progresses.


Special teams struggles


One area that didn't go as well as planned on Friday was the kicking game. The Fightin' Chicks scored plenty of touchdowns, but missed four extra points.

Kicker Josh Yokum has done a good job on extra points for the most part throughout the season, but a change in the holder has caused somewhat of a transition period, said Cobble.

Chickasha is still looking for its best option at kicker, and Junior Avila got some chances to kick off and attempt an extra point on Friday.

"We have tryouts every week, to a certain extent," Cobble said. "That's just something we've got to continue to work on."