For Wildcats Offensive Coordinator Matt Young, Friday’s 42-21 victory at Sherman was a great way to start the season. He said the team was successful, lots of players got touches and the offense put points on the board. Still Coach Young said the offense still had a lot of work to do. He said he was pleased with the way the running backs ran. Coach Young used Colton Allen, Cason Goodson, Lawrence Worth, Searn Rodgers, Cortavius Pruitt, Noah Johnson and quarterbacks Ryan Humphries and D’Corian Young. He said it is important to continue to use the team’s depth because many of the players also play on defense or special teams. Coach Young said he was pleased to see receiver Simeon Taylor have a good night and receiver Landry Tyson catch a TD pass. He said the offensive line did a good job. Coach Young said he was also pleased with the play of receiver Bryce McQueen who caught two passes and blocked well, Hayden Daniel who got a start at left guard and did well and Cor’Tavius Pruitt who added a spark at running back. Coach Young pointed out that quarterback Ryan Humphries completed 81% of his passes and threw for over 200 yards. He also gave a scouting report for this Friday night’s opponent, The Avalon School of Maryland. Coach Young said they reminded him of scrimmage opponent Liberty-Eylay except they are bigger but perhaps not quite as fast. He said they had a cornerback heading for Virginia Tech and a safety-outside linebacker going to Virginia. Coach Young said the Black Knights are big up front and have a good pass rush. He said they would present a challenge for the Wildcats offense. Coach Young said the Wildcats would have to focus on technique adding their pace and execution would have to be right or they could look foolish. He said the game was an opportunity for the Wildcats to show they can compete with players who play at a high level. Coach Young said the game would be a good opportunity for the Wildcats to see where they are right now as a team.
Wildcats Defensive Coordinator Triston Abron said the Wildcats’ defense did a pretty good job after they settled in Friday night at Sherman. He credited them with containing a big Sherman running back to had the potential to give the Wildcats problems. Coach Abron said the defense held him to 40 or 50 yards and no touchdowns. He said the defense still had things to work on. Coach Abron had special praise for several players including sophomore outside linebacker Kylan Wade. He said Wade played well against the Bearcats’ tight end-H back and kept containment on his side of the field. Coach Abron also praised his entire defensive line that included D’Idrec Dugan, Jose Rodriguez, Calvin Eckert and Vuk Susic. He pointed out that inside linebacker Jaxon Reneau had 15 tackles and inside linebacker K.J. Abron had 10. Coach Abron said Cason Churchman, playing his first varsity game did a great job at outside linebacker. He also liked the play of his cornerbacks. Coach Abron also credited his defensive assistants with getting players ready to play. They are Kurt McCain, Cameron Warren, Bruce Silman and Chris Valdovinos. Coach Abron also gave a scouting report on The Avalon School of Maryland, the Wildcats opponent Friday night at Prim Stadium. He said they reminded him of Liberty-Eylau with athletes everywhere. Coach Abron said the Black Knigtht’s quarterback is elusive and fast. He said the Avalon running back runs likes he’s 220 pounds. Coach Abron said Avalon had two good receivers. He called the game a good test. Coach Abron said he wants his team to play four full quarters and get some turnovers this week.