Wednesday, August 14, 2013
These Goose Creek Gators have to find their own way.
Gators head coach Chuck Reedy and defensive coordinator Chris Candor were on the same page after Friday’s controlled scrimmage with North Augusta revealed some chinks in the armor heading into a new season.
The Gators, who are replacing three Division I players in the front seven and looking for a new safety on defense, were particularly vulnerable to the pass against North Augusta. The Yellow Jackets connected on three touchdown passes over 60 yards in outscoring Goose Creek 5-2 in touchdowns.
It wasn’t a complete surprise: Candor expected his unit to struggle with North Augusta’s no-huddle, up-tempo offense.
“We were transitioning from going up against up our offense where everything is in real tight to North Augusta’s, which spreads you out,” he said. “But you’ve still got to be physical because they’ve got a great run game, too. They can get you a little spread out and get you reacting slowly to things. Slow against them is not good.”
The chunks of yardage North Augusta had were on mistakes Goose Creek can fix, Reedy said.
“We gave up three big plays but other than that they didn’t do a whole lot,” he added. “It’s not good we gave up some big plays but those are things we can correct. We knew going in we weren’t going to execute perfectly on both sides of the ball. ”
On offense, Goose Creek was solid, getting typical performances from running back Caleb Kinlaw and quarterback Dantez Bennamon. Kinlaw ripped off some big runs and got physical against defensive backs down the field on a couple of occasions. He scored the first unit’s only touchdown.
Each team started a possession with 10 guaranteed plays before cranking up a real drive. Two of Goose Creek’s 10-play drives ended inside the 10. The Gators also had a turnover on a fumble.
The performance against North Augusta is something they can build on, Candor said.
“That’s good,” Candor added. “It’s humbling. It shows you’ve got to come to work every day. You can’t rely on the past four or five seasons that we’ve been pretty good. This is a new team and this team has to prove it can be a good football team.”
The Gators were set to host Berkeley at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.