Etowah coach Dave Svehla and his players have been going over their performance in last week’s 27-10 victory over Lambert, and they’ve found just as many things that they could have done better.
There’s always work to be done, Svehla conceded, but the Eagles’ offense was able to score, and the defense was able to keep Lambert from scoring very often.
“After watching film, we realized that we have a lot of room for improvement,” Svehla said. “This week, we have worked hard on those areas and expect to be better (tonight) than we were against Lambert.”
Etowah’s challenge tonight against Centennial will be keeping up with the Knights’ speed.
Led by preseason all-state player, Christian Robinson, Centennial (0-1) will put the ball in the air and attempt to spread out the field. Robinson caught seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown last week, in the Knights’ 39-30 loss to Roswell.
For Etowah (1-0), the burden will fall on its defensive backs, including Ben Rowell and Brandon Engle.
“(Centennial has) better athletes than anyone we can put on the field,” Svehla said. “When you have got guys like that, when they get in space with the ball, it’s pretty scary. That is going to provide a pretty big challenge for our defense.”
Etowah’s offense will have a similar challenge, as Centennial has the same speed on defense. Svehla said the challenge will be on the offensive line to keep the Knights out of the backfield.
“The little things, like taking the step with the correct foot and putting the hands in the correct place, those things are going to make a big difference (tonight),” Svehla said. “Against Lambert, we had opportunities that we didn’t convert, and that was disappointing. We have got to get better at finishing.”
Raishod Devezin and Engle were key parts of the running game for Etowah. Quarterback John Oliver didn’t put the ball in the air much, but he was effective on the ground, scoring on a 45-yard run.
The Eagles were stopped short of the end zone by Lambert on several occasions. Twice, they settled for field goals.
“The game isn’t played from the 20 to the 20,” Svehla said. “You have to put the ball in the end zone. We had some issues with that last week and, hopefully, we can change that and capitalize.”