COSBY—A long trip awaits the Cosby High Eagles for a chance to grab an even record in week four of the season.
Cosby will head west to Kingston, Tenn. for the long haul on Friday to battle an out of region opponent in the Midway Green Wave. After losing a home game last week, head coach Kevin Hall of Cosby is still confident about his team’s chances of posting an even record once week four is finished.
“I like where we are as a football team,” Hall said. “I feel like we have a lot of confidence, especially offensively. We have a lot of good things going on this week for us. We have worked on some things and want to carry over what we did well. We are excited to get out there and compete.”
The chance of a 2-2 record will start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Midway High School and can be heard on WLIK Radio (97.9 FM / 1270 AM) at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Midway is an unfamiliar opponent for Cosby, but it is in a smaller class — Region 2-1A — than the Eagles. A team that is quite the opposite of what Cosby just finished going up against in the Region 1-2A battle with Sullivan North.
The Green Wave brings in an offense that will try to run around Cosby’s defense rather than run through it. On the defensive end, they run multiple defensive sets that Cosby will have to work its way around to punch the ball into the end zone.
“(Midway) will be about the complete opposite of what we saw last week,” Hall said. “Instead of running through us with the ball, they will try to run around us. We have to make sure we play physical again and play assignment football on the defensive side of the ball to stop what they have.”
The Eagles showed signs of consistency last Friday with their two opening drives leading to scores by having a first quarter lead of 10-8.
Senior quarterback Hunter Workman led the way for the opening drives with his passing ability that has shown no signs of slowing down through the first three weeks. Workman was 8-of-12 for 70 yards throwing to a variety of receivers.
His passing ability looks to continue heading to Midway to add another threat with the rushing game, which teams have been focused on whenever defending Workman.
“Having a quarterback that can throw and run the ball opens up a lot for us,” Hall said. “Workman has shown that he can throw the ball and he has been a leader for us out there on the field when we need him. The first quarter we had last Friday is where we want to be at with this game.”
The quarterback will see a couple of key players returning from injury, but his favorite target in senior Jeremy Wise is sitting this game after his injury last game. However, Workman will have more depth at the tailback position with junior Caleb Lawson looking to be in full swing, and senior Tony Shults will be lined back up on the line to provide extra protection.
Shults is more than just protection for Cosby’s quarterback. He also provides extra push on the defensive line along with his leadership that has been missed the last one-and-a-half games. Now, with Shults back, Cosby’s defensive line will look the norm.
“It looks like we will have Shults and Lawson out there playing a lot of snaps for us,” Hall said. “That helps us tremendously. Not only for our physical play but the leadership we have out there during the game. Shults has been missed on that line. We look forward to having him back out there.”
The physicality of Cosby’s defense has improved in the last three games, as well. Hall wants to see this carried over into Friday’s matchup for his defense to get stops.
On the offensive end, the keys for Cosby rely on its rushing game balanced with the passing attack. Hall feels enough confidence should be brought along with the Eagles on the road trip with how well they played against Sullivan North, even though the long trip is a small concern for Hall.
Sometimes players can hop off the bus not mentally prepared with the long drives, which is what Cosby’s staff will look to avoid this week.
“We have to prepare the kids physically and mentally,” Hall said. “A lot of times on those long bus rides with high school kids, you can start losing focus, mentally. We got to make sure we stay ready and not let ourselves get off track. We want to come out energetic and with confidence.”
It will be important for the Eagles to be mentally and physically prepared from the time they get off the bus to the end of the 48 minutes to have a chance at their second win on the season.