Facing one-man show

Published 12:02am Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pleasant Home will be up against one of its most-threataning players in Flomaton quarterback Ryheem Dixon tomorrow night, Eagles head football coach Cody McCain said.

“We’re not going to see many division one players this year, but he’s really, their entire (offense), or what they’ve built their entire offense around. He’ll line up in different positions, too.”

The Eagles (3-1) will face a Hurricanes football team who isn’t the same as last year’s third-round squad.

Flomaton has only won one game against Choctaw County in a 42-13 victory two weeks ago. The Hurricanes have lost to Monroe County, Washington County and Mobile Christian so far this season.

Pleasant Home, on the other hand, is off to a good start, after defeating rival Florala 32-13 last week in Class 1A, Region 2 action.

McCain didn’t shy away from saying the PHS’ defensive game plan has Dixon in it as one of its main focal points.

“They’ve got some other weapons, but he’s definitely the focus,” McCain said about Dixon.

When asked how a team stops just one athlete from running the field dry, McCain said it’s all about staying focused on the other players, too.

“We’ve got to be sound in what we’re trying to do on our defensive game plan,” he said. “If you try to focus all of your attention on just one person, then they’ll be smart enough to where they’ll run something away from him.

“We’re just going to try and be sound in our alignments and hope that it’s strong enough to take care of (Dixon),” he said. “We’re not really going to comprise a complete defensive game plan to stop one person. If we devote more attention to one guy, then they’ll try and beat us in a pass and counter or something like that.”

In last week’s victory over the Wildcats, Pleasant Home didn’t get off to a great start. In fact, the Eagles have trailed early in three of their first four games and two of the come-from-behind games were wins.

“I don’t know what the secret formula to (starting fast) is,” McCain said. “We talked a lot about it and tried to figure out what the secret is. We’ve got to find a way to start quicker. It’s not really a lack of focus. The kids have started focused. I don’t know what it is. For whatever reason, we’ve just started out flat.”

Kick off at Eagles Field is at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

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