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By: GREG HIGGINS
Talk to Coach Felty for very long and I can guarantee you the word technique will come out of his mouth more than once. It’s a word that he uses to describe what his team needs to do to be successful. Every interview eparisextra.com has conducted with the North Lamar coach has included this term. To hear him describe it, though, is a lesson in football fundamentals. He explains this term to mean defensive positioning, feet in the right place, or making sure the gaps are filled on special teams.
These are a few areas that got his team in trouble against Commerce in their season opener last Friday: a game in which his team had 26 missed tackles, a 96 yard punt return against them, and a 63 yard pass play as well. “A lot of young kids on the field still that we’re working with,” Felty said. “Had them on special teams and they didn’t stay in their lanes which is important.” Going through game film this week, the coaching staff has been showing why it’s important to stay in the lanes assigned to them so hopefully they can prevent this from happening again according to Felty. “The focus this week is to be in the right position, use better technique, and to finish tackles.”
Of course, the job doesn’t get any easier this week as Bonham comes to North Lamar for the home opener. Last year Bonham embarrassed the Panthers 30-7 and the Panthers coach knows they have to stop Dra Smith, the Bonham quarterback. “He’s the spark that makes them go,” says Felty. “He’s more dangerous probably as a runner than he is a passer, but they can throw the ball deep.” Felty knows the Panthers are going to have to contain Smith and tackle him when they get to him.
On the offensive side of the ball, the strategy is the same as last weeks: ball control, move the ball, and keep the chains moving. If last week is any indication, then the Panthers should do pretty well on offense. Against Commerce they only punted 3 times and put 35 points on the board. When asked about it, Felty said, “For the most part we had enough points that we should have won the football game.” He went on to say, “Generally when North Lamar scores 35, in the history of North Lamar, we usually win those ball games.” I’m quite certain that if the Panthers can continue to put 35 points on the board each week, Felty won’t complain about the offense. Hopefully the defense can make some adjustments this week and bring home the first win of the season. Kickoff is at 7:30 Friday night at North Lamar.
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