Being a disciplined football team. Heading into the third week of the 2014 football season, Athens head coach Paul Essary stressed the importance of following that mindset as they host the Hallsville Bobcats at Bruce Field.
“They are a real good ball club. They are solid and they are very well coached as a disciplined ball club,” Essary said. “They do not beat themselves and I feel like if we do our job it can be a heck of a ball game.”
In two games this season, the Bobcats are 1-1 on the season with a win over defending state champion Carthage, 52-30, in the season opener. Hallsville lost to Nacogdoches on a last-second field goal, 37-36, last week at home.
The Bobcats are under the direction of veteran head coach David Plunk as this is their first road game of the season. Hallsville comes into the contest as a 14-point favorite by the Harris Ratings System.
“Coach Plunk is a good coach and he will have them ready,” Essary said. “I told him Saturday that they have a great ball club and I am impressed with the way that they play.”
With a team that averages 430-yards of offense per game, the defense will be tested to try and contain quarterback Wyatt Woolverton and running back Kha'lil Sneed.
“We have got to be disciplined because they run a lot of midline and zone reads with their quarterback in the shotgun formation,” Essary said. “He is a good runner and we have to make sure that we fill holes when the quarterback and running back take off because they can go to the house. We need to be disciplined in our assignments this week.”
He would like to see a repeat performance of their 408 yards rushing last week in a dominating win over the Diboll Lumberjacks.
“On offense, we want to control the football and get everything we can get out of it to have a chance to win,” Essary said. “I would love to see those long drives against anybody and it does not have to take a lot of time off of the clock.”
He said another area he has been pleased with is penalties. In the first two games, AHS is averaging six penalties for 52 yards per game.
“I have been real pleased with the penalties in the first two games. We have not had a lot of them and I thought we have done great at this time of year,” Essary said. “That shows that your team is disciplined with the football.”