Panther offense a passing fancy

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 13, 2005

To say that Georgiana was a run-oriented offense would have been an understatement last season. There were occasions where the Panthers didn't attempt a single pass.

That was then.

That may not be the case this season under new coach Greg Ennis.

The Panthers completed an intrasquad scrimmage in which the offense worked exclusively on its passing game on Thursday.

"I asked the kids how many times they had just run the ball twice during a scrimmage or a game," Ennis said. "They told me that had never happened."

Ennis said it was the best practice he had been apart of since he came to Georgiana.

"Our guys did some stuff out there that made me walk away feeling pretty good," he said.

Ennis said there still are some question marks on offense as far as personnel are concerned. He said there are slots still open along the offensive line as well as receiver. Ennis said that those slots may not be filled until game week.

"We also need to get into an offensive rhythm," Ennis said. "We can't wait five to six plays to get into a rhythm. We need to be there when we walk out of the dressing room."

Lowndes Academy

Because Lowndes

Academy's passing game seems to be ahead of schedule, the Rebels spent most of Thursday afternoon on its rushing attack during a controlled scrimmage with Sparta Academy in Evergreen.

"They are progressing better than we thought we would," said Lowndes Academy offensive line coach Matt Marshall. "But it's something we've worked on for three years."

But the concern for Lowndes' offense to click on all cylinders will be its offensive line.

The Rebels' line also have been revamped by moving some players. Starting center Adam Sawicki has been moved to tackle, while Robin Hagood moves from the split end position to tight end.

"He will be our blocking end," Marshall said.

Rob Jolley will stay at right guard, while the coaching staff continues to look for a starting left guard, center and tackle.

Some schools, like Fort Dale Academy, have been hampered by injuries,

but Lowndes has been able to stay injury free.

"If we can stay injury free, I think we have a good chance to go about as far as we can go," Marshall said.