Pauls Valley Democrat
One team will emerge from Friday night’s game with their first win of the 2013 football season. Pauls Valley and Atoka are both 0-7 on the season so one will jump into the win column Friday night.
Atoka season didn’t get off to a very good start in the first place. Four days before the start of practice, head coach Joe Jones took another job and an assistant was named interim head coach. The struggles for this young team have continued since then.
“They are really struggling,” Panther head coach Bill Green said. “They are only dressing out 22 kids and half of those are freshman.”
Offensively, the Wampus Cats have scored only 17 points on the season. They have scored touchdowns against rival Antlers and then in district action against Dickson.
They kicked a field goal last week against Plainview for their 17 points. They have been shut out four times this season.
“They are real simple on offense,” Green said. “Their quarterback, Jalen Harris, is dangerous."
“Anytime he hands the ball off or throws it’s good. It’s when he’s scrambling around with the ability to take off is when he’s dangerous.”
Defensively, Atoka is giving up over 49 points per game.
“They run a 5-3 defense,” Green said. “They like to bring a lot of heat with different blitzes.”
Pauls Valley has been able to find the end zone they just haven’t caught the break they have need to get into the win column. They have been beaten by a touchdown or less three times this season, twice in the last three weeks.
On the down side Pauls Valley’s stable of backs continues to dwindle down. Jake Hamilton is out with a concussion and Jace Elkins has left the team.
That means that PV has had five different players start at running back this season.
Junior Meave, who has a couple of carries this year including a touchdown last week, will be one of the backs getting his first start.
“We will be a running back by committee,” Green said. “Treston Williams, Carter Alcorn and Chase Hall will rotate in at full back. Junior Meave, Manny Colmenares, Braden Jackson and Coleton Jolley will all get carries at tailback.”
Losing Hamilton is also big on the defensive side of the football. The two-year starter at the middle linebacker was the quarterback of the defense along with the Panthers leading tackler.
Jackson and Alcorn will look to ease the pain at linebacker with Hamilton out.
Pauls Valley has had its share of injuries with six different starters on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball different from the opening day lineup.