Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

Streaks hit the road


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After dispatching of Lake Highland Prep fairly easily in last Friday's season opener, Sebring looks to continue its early-season success with a road game at Okeechobee tonight.

The Class 6A Blue Streaks cruised past the Highlanders 27-7 using a physical running game and swarming defense, and will need to do the same thing against a talented Okeechobee squad that lost to Bear Creek (Colorado) by a score of 36-14.

"Okeechobee is a big physical team," said Sebring football coach LaVaar Scott. "They run and pass the ball pretty well.

"They like to run the ball with lots of backs, but they like to mix in the pass as well."

The Class 6A Brahmans use a Power-I formation on offense and also utilize two tight ends to move the chains. Okeechobee has a big offensive line to run behind as well as a bevy of talented tailbacks.

"Okeechobee has two offensive linemen that are over 300 pounds," Scott said. "It's going to be a challenge for us up front and we're going to have to stay low, play with leverage and use our speed and athleticism to get off blocks.

"They have several good backs who are strong and fast and we have to swarm to the ball and tackle well."

Okeechobee has several wide receivers to throw to and the Brahmans like to use a vertical passing attack that is capable of producing big plays.

"Their quarterback has a good arm and they like to run deep routes," Scott said. "They run a lot of deep fade routes and we're going to have to get our hands up and try and disrupt their timing on pass plays."

The Brahmans use a 4-3 alignment on defense and like to walk their linebackers up close to the line of scrimmage at times.

"We've been seeing five and six-man fronts and that opens up our passing game if we can execute properly," the Blue Streak coach said. "We have to be able to pass or we'll see teams bring more guys up close to the line of scrimmage to stop our running game."

Sebring's rushing attack piled up more than 300 yards in last Friday's win, with A.J. Gayle, Giovanni Jenkins and Willie Allen running wild behind a solid offensive line.

"All of our backs run hard and the offensive line continues to improve their techniques," Scott said "We're fortunate to have a lot of talent in the backfield and we want to put the ball in the hands of our playmakers as often as possible.

"We had a lot mental mistakes against Lake Highland Prep and we worked hard in practice to fix that so we don't make the same mistakes again."

Starting the season 2-0 would be a big confidence boost for Sebring.

"We want to jump on Okeechobee early and take the crowd out of the game," Scott said. "It's their first home game and there will be a lot of excitement.

"We want to dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and take control of the game."

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Brahmans Stadium.

"We're looking forward to going on the road and we're a little banged up but nothing serious," Scott said. "We told our guys that it's going to get more physical each week and they have to continue to push to get better because its grind time now."

mpinson@highlandstoday.com

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Sebring at Okeechobee

Where: Brahmans Stadium

When: Tonight at 7

Cost: $5

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