SHS Football Coach Gary Kinne -- Weekly Blog #2

By: Coach Gary Kinne

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Sherman Football Coach Gary Kinne will join to share his thoughts and observations on his team throughout the 2010 season. Each week, you'll receive a breakdown of the previous game, the positives that stood out, the areas of improvement, the upcoming game on the schedule and more, straight from Coach Kinne!

Here is blog #2, focusing on the win over Little Elm and looking ahead to Friday's home opener against Highland Park.

Sherman_Bearcats_Logo.jpgOverall analysis of last Friday’s win at Little Elm:
* I think we played really well.  Little Elm is a very good opponent and a good football team.  We thought our kids played very well on both sides of the ball, especially defensively.  I thought our kids played really well.  Our first defense did not get scored on so we were very pleased with that. 

Accomplishing goals:
* I thought defensively we created turnovers.  Our defense really stopped the run.  I think they had 39 yards rushing.  Going in, that’s what we wanted to do.  Little Elm has a very good rushing offense, and so we wanted to be able to eliminate their rushing attack.  We also wanted to be able to run the ball against these guys.  We were able to do that.  We got Zac Whitfield loose, and he rushed for over 100 yards.  We were very pleased with the way we ran the ball, and also the way we stopped the run.

Biggest areas of improvement from week one to week two:
* I’d say that our defense really improved a lot from week one to week two. We gave up some passing yards the week before against The Colony, but we were able to buckle down and play a lot better pass defense this last week.  Overall, we played pretty good defense in general. Offensively, we, of course, didn’t score as many points, but I thought we still played very solid on offense. 

Highlighting quarterback Thor Long:
* Thor is a great young man, but he’s also playing really well.  He’s going through his progressions, his reads.  He’s distributing the ball to a bunch of different people.  He can just throw to whoever is open.  Our receivers are doing a good job of getting open.  Thor’s doing a very good job of not only throwing the ball, but he’s also doing a good job of running the ball when it’s not there ... tucking it and running it, and keeping the play alive with his feet, but also some designed runs for him.  He’s done a really good job of running the offense.

Who Thor Long compares to as a quarterback:
* Thor is probably a little bit like Tim Tebow.  He wants to tuck and run.  He throws the ball probably a little bit better than Tebow, but he will tuck and run.  When he does, he’s not looking to get out of the way.  He’s a guy that’s going to run hard.

Other players who stood out in game two:
* This week, Jesse Hodge up front on defense had a great week.  He played really well. Diego Mingura, defensive tackle, had a couple of sacks and played really well.  On the defensive front, in particular, our defense played really well.  Those two guys really played good.  And then on offense, Zac Whitfield had his best game, rushing for over a hundred yards.  He played really well.

Scouting Highland Park:
* Highland Park is a good team.  They are state-ranked, number one in the Dallas area.  They’re always a formidable opponent.  They were in my district in high school so we’re very familiar with those guys and the quality of program they have.  It’s going to represent a big challenge for us.  Our guys are looking forward to it.  It’s the home opener for us.  We play really well at home.  We were undefeated there last year at home so it’s something we take great pride in.  We’re looking forward to that game.

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