By COLLIN BROOKS
It will be the first game back for Sullivan South quarterback Ethan Ward, after he suffered a broken leg in the seventh game of last season. But that doesn‘t mean that Daniel Boone won‘t have all their attention on the rising junior, as they know all to well what he is capable of.
“We know he is going to command the troops over there and that is where it all starts with them,” Jenkins said. “When you play Sullivan South, it starts with their quarterback and it always has. They do a good job of putting a real good athlete and decision maker there.”
He will have a large target on his back when the Blazers travel to Sullivan South on Thursday night. Ward rushed 17 times last year for 128 yards and notched two runs for touchdowns. He was also an effective 6-for-9 passing for 38 yards during the Rebels win.
Keeping the junior in the pocket will be a top priority for the Blazers. They will also need to tackle well and stick to their assignments, according to their coach, as he believes that they will see plenty of option runs from the Rebels.
The Rebels also return running backs Ahmad Lovell and Lukas Strickler in the backfield, which will allow them to try and control the game.
“They have some big backs and they are going to try and control the clock as much as they can,” Jenkins said. “They always do a good job up front and they are a well coached team.”
The Blazers will rely on junior quarterback Noah Shelton. His favorite target may be wideout Jacob Arnold, who won’t catch the Rebels off guard as he caught four passes for 86 yards during the Blazers 21-14 loss last season.
Jenkins said that he is expecting mistake-free football from his senior laden squad, which will be a key detail if they hope to win.
“We know that we have to come out and we have to beat them, they aren’t a team that like to beat themselves,” Jenkins said. “So we have to come out and take advantage of opportunities that we get and execute on both sides of the ball.
We talked about today that we have to execute offensively and take care of the ball and stay out of the negative plays. We have to be consistent, especially at the quarterback spot and take what the defense gives us.”
Last year, the Blazers had a chance to tie the contest in the closing seconds, with the ball at the South 12-yard line. However, a mishandled snap did not allow Boone the opportunity.
The game can be heard on AM 910 WJCW with pre- game coverage starting at 6:30 p.m.