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Champs ready for 2nd half of season

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Against Moore County, the Cascade offensive line will have to create opportunities for the backs to pick up key yardage.
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Having had a week off to work on key fundamentals, prepare for district top-dog Moore County, and catch a breather, the Cascade Champions (5-1, 2-0 9-A) are set to tackle the second half of their 2012 campaign.

"We got to work with some young kids and get them some much-needed reps. We've had a few bumps and bruises this week, but I think we'll be alright," said Cascade coach Kenny Parker.


Going into this week's 9-A showdown, Moore County leads the district with a 7-0 record and 2-0 record against district opponents.

The Raiders have scored 38.4 points per game, while only allowing an average of 15 points a game.

In order for the Champs to secure a third district win this week and dethrone the Raiders to take the top spot in the 9-A rankings, Cascade has to execute the key fundamentals, according to Parker.

"You've got to be on your toes and play as close to mistake-free football as you can. And that's what we've tried to win still in our guys this week. This week was about us as team," he said.

Early on, the Champs struggled with execution, but have since worked on the basics of tackling and other basic fundamentals which will be key in order to stop a potent Raider offensive scheme.

"They do a very good job of executing their game plan. They run the ball extremely well and when they want to throw the ball--they throw it. They don't necessarily throw by need, but to keep you off balance," Parker said.

Cascade has spent the week off by working on key fundamentals, such as improving their tackling abilities, before taking on top-ranked 9-A opponent Moore County.
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Potent offense

Part of what fuels the potent Raider scheme is quarterback JP Evans, who brings a two-pronged attack with an accurate passing game, as well as an efficient run.

"JP Evans definitely makes them go. He's a very good quarterback," Parker said.

While the Raiders enter the game with a blemish-free record, the Champs have one loss, which came in week four at Wayne County.

In order for his team to secure the win in Lynchburg on Friday night, Parker spoke of how focused his team has to be.

"We talked about focus all week and the importance going into this week. This is a big key district game. This is what you do all the work in the summer for," he said.

Key matchup

A win for the Raiders on Friday keeps their undefeated season rolling. With a No. 3 ranked opponent, Parker and the Champs aren't taking Moore County lightly.

"A win here, for whoever gets it, is big. For us, it would be a definite morale boost. It would keep us still undefeated in district play, but we still have Forrest, Community and Eagleville," he said.

With some of their toughest opponents on the horizon, the Champs are taking it week by week.

"If we get by this one, good, but we still have three more tough opponents," he said.

Cascade kicks off in Lynchburg at 7 p.m. on Friday night.

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