Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Like every coach at this point of the summer, Russell Zehr came out of his team’s first scrimmage knowing there’s plenty of ground to be made up as the football season approaches.
The Cobras tangled with Timberland on Friday at CBHS and Zehr was pleased with some aspects of his team’s performance and not so happy with others. Timberland scored two touchdowns in the controlled scrimmage and Cane Bay failed to reach the end zone.
“It verified there are some areas we need to work on,” said Zehr, whose team enters its second season in Class AAAA this fall. “I thought we were making some head way in those areas but it proved we’ve got a long way to go.”
He counted inside run defense and getting to the ball as a group as positives. They plan to run a 3-4 this season after running four-man fronts in the past.
“Defensively, we played faster than we’ve been in the past,” Zehr said. “We had some troubles with open field tackling but I thought our guys got to the ball pretty good. We’ve got some coverage issues but nothing that’s not fixable.
“We hung in there pretty well on defense with them.”
Offensively, the Cobras got down around the red zone on two occasions. One of those drives ended with a turnover and the other ended on downs. Zehr said Timberland’s defensive front was further ahead than Cane Bay’s offensive line, which is undersized compared to years past and returns just one starter.
“Our backs ran hard,” Zehr said. “They’ve got to be more physical trying to gain extra yards and trying to find yards where there aren’t any. We didn’t throw the ball very well. A lot of the balls were high and out of reach. A lot of that was because Timberland got pressure on us early.”
The Cobras were set to travel to James Island on Tuesday after press time before traveling to Woodland on Friday. The team travels to Andrews on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
“We’re not ready to push the panic button,” Zehr said.