IT’S ONLY THE BEGINNING: Opp ready to open season with Elba Tigers

Published 12:05 am Thursday, August 29, 2019

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The Opp Bobcats (0-0) hope to kick off the season strong as they prepare to head to Elba on Friday to battle with the Tigers (0-1).

“I just want to see us improve from the preseason game,” Opp head coach Brent Hill said. “There were things we did on defense that were great, but we still have stuff to improve. Without getting into specifics, we have to improve on run fits and not fall asleep in coverage.”

Hill said the offense has to improve on things also.

“Our offense struggled a bit at times last week,” Hill said. “We had a turnover and missed opportunity near the goal line. We had three plays to punch it in and we had a delay of game penalty mixed in and we didn’t score. We also had a dropped pass that hit a player in the hands. We have to take what we get and continue to improve. We have to keep progressing.”

Aside from a few things, Hill said he saw things he liked from the Bobcats.

“It was good for us to get out there and hit someone else,” Hill said. “It was good to be on a big stage since we open up this week against Elba. It helped get the butterflies out. I thought our kids were very physical. One thing I didn’t like was that we didn’t do live special teams.”

Hill said Elba is a good team like always.

“They have an explosive running back in No. 1,” Hill said. “He is a very good runner. They are playing with two quarterbacks right now and they do different things with each of them. They also have a fullback that will knock your head off. On defense, they have a very good linebacker. He was probably one of the best we faced last year and he returns. He is very difficult to deal with. We know that we are going to have to make quick adjustments and be ready to deal with anything and everything.”

There will be several keys to success for the Bobcats, Hill said.

“We have to win the battle up front on both sides of the ball,” Hill said. “On offense, we have to be able to execute and be consistent. We can’t depend on the big play. On defense, we have to improve on our run fits. We also can’t allow them to get behind us because we know they are going to try to throw the ball deep. Special teams is also something that is going to be key. I’m a little nervous about that because we haven’t gone live. You worry about punting to them because of how explosive they can be. We have to be able to eliminate big plays on special teams.”