Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014

Dragons looking to singe Terriers


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Lake Placid is looking for a repeat performance from last week, but this time around, the Dragons want sharper execution.

"We're not looking to do anything new," Lake Placid coach Jason Holden said. "But what we will do, we want to do better."

The Green Dragons easily handled Celebration on the road last Friday by a score of 28-14 in their season opener, thanks to a stellar night from their three-headed attack in the backfield. Running backs Foster Walker, Marquavein Copeland, and Eldon McKenzie combined for more than 100 yards rushing and a handful of touchdowns.

And up against another familiar foe tonight in Class 2A Moore Haven, coach Holden is hoping to cut down on the mistakes that hampered his team a week ago.

"Going back and looking at the film, there were easily correctable mistakes," Holden said. "We missed a couple of blocking and defensive assignments - and put the ball on the ground a few times - we want to get rid of that completely."

Holden wants to see improvement in the passing game as well.

"Our running game is definitely our strength," Holden said. "But going back and looking at our passing stats, we went 4 for 8 for 106 yards. So we need to throw more."

Meanwhile, the Terriers are coming off of a 58-7 loss to Westminster (Miami), but Holden was adamant that the score wasn't indicative of the strength of Moore Haven's team.

"Westminster is a pretty tough program," he said. "Moore Haven is much better than that. They have a lot of speed; they're really fast - all four years we've been playing them.

"They have a similar game plan to us. The Terriers run a Wing-T on offense, too, but they run spread more than we do. We're very similar on both sides of the ball."

No matter how Lake Placid decides to attack More Haven, though, the Dragons should find success easily, as the Terriers gave up over 300 yards through the air and 100 yards to two different running backs against Westminster. Which means Lake Placid's dual-threat quarterback Robert Walton should have ample opportunity to shred the Terriers defense.

And the only thing standing in the way of the Dragons improving to 2-0 are the mental mistakes.

Last week against Celebration, offsides penalties kept a handful of Storm drives alive, while late fumbles let them back in the game.

"We had 12 penalties for 127 yards against Celebration," Holden said. "And for the fumbles, we can't do that. It didn't cost us against the Storm, but if we put the ball on the ground and let up against some of the teams we'll face down the road, we'll lose."

Moore Haven is the second of five straight non-district opponents for Lake Placid. The Green Dragons will have their home opener next Friday against Sarasota Cardinal Mooney and will face off against LaBelle on Oct. 4 for their first Class 4A-District 6 contest. bhoward@highlandstoday.com

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Lake Placid at Moore Haven

Where: Terrier Stadium

When: Tonight at 7 p.m.

Cost: $5

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