After playing a Kickoff Classic game that was marred by inclement weather, Lake Placid is looking forward to a evening of dry football on the road against Celebration tonight at 7 p.m.
Despite being a non-district game, the Class 4A Green Dragons will be up against a worthy opponent in their regular season opener against the Class 7A Storm, who fell last week to South Broward by a score of 38-7.
"Last week our intensity was there," said Lake Placid coach Jason Holden. "We played hard and got after it, but there were a lot of mistakes, mostly due to the ball being so slick."
Even with the mishaps on offense against Okeechobee last Friday, Holden said he is confident his team will bounce back against Celebration.
"We got a lot of great things out of that game," he said. "We run a straight-ahead offense, and it was tough to get our footing with the field being so wet. But I was able to see that anything we did wrong is easily correctable."
Green Dragons' quarterback Robert Walton is looking to have a rebound game as well. Walton, who has taken on more of a leadership role this season, had a few mechanical issues last week against the Brahmans.
"He puts a lot of pressure on himself," Holden said. "He did some things with the ball that we're trying to change. But he's going to get a lot better, especially after he gets his mechanics down."
"And some of that was my fault," Holden added. "There was some confusion about how when we were going to run plays from under center when it was raining - and that goes back to poor communication from the sidelines."
The offensive line had its share of struggles as well, primarily due to the fact that it was their first experience of real-game speed. "Our offensive line has been doing a lot better with staying on their assignments," Holden said. "But once the speed picked up and the lights came on, there were a few missed blocks."
Meanwhile, on the defensive side of the ball, Holden has created a unit built on speed.
"We want to put a lot of pressure on the opposing offense," he said. "But there were some problems with our speed against Okeechobee. If we don't fix that we're going to be in trouble."
Overall, Holden noted that he's got a positive outlook for his team's matchup against Celebration.
"That's what those types of games are for," Holden said. "We got a lot of great things out of that game. We found out a lot about what we did right and what we did wrong."
Lake Placid will be playing the part of the Road Warrior for the next few weeks, as the Green Dragons will be on the road for four of their first five games.
Lake Placid will have its home opener on Sept. 13 when the Green Dragons take on Sarasota Cardinal Mooney.
Lake Placid at Celebration
Where: Storm Stadium
When: Tonight at 7 p.m.