Trojan varsity football made easy work of Brentwood last week, but John Milledge Academy head coach J.T. Wall is weary of the upcoming road trip.
JMA defeated Trinity Christian Sharpsburg (TCS) 35-13 on homecoming last season, but Wall isn’t letting his squad take the Lions lightly.
Tape on one scrimmage game revealed a much-improved team opening their season with the Trojans Friday.
“Scouting them was pretty difficult. From their scrimmage tape, they are totally different than what they were last year. They have some good skill guys. They run an I-formation and are going to try to run it down our throat,” Wall said.
TCS fields a 240-pound fullback with 4.6 speed who will test the JMA defensive line.
The Trojans should use their own stable of backs and speedy wide receivers to blow up coverage and win the special teams battle.
Senior Chris Sealey put up tremendous production in the Brentwood victory Aug. 23. The speedster is shifty and slipped off numerous Eagle tackles.
Sealey fields kicks and is versatile in any offensive scheme.
“Ever since day one, Sealey has been a hundred miles an hour. He has bought into the program we are trying to establish. With his talents you have to find a way to get him the ball,” Wall said. “As the season goes on, his efforts will open the field up more for everyone else on the team. People will roll coverage and open up those backside receivers. It’s a big team effort. He doesn’t break those long runs without blocks.”
Senior Cooper Morgan posted 117 yards on just 10 carries last week. His workload will increase as the season wears on, according to Wall.
“Going into the next few weeks we are going to up his load a little more. Cooper is a reliable guy who knows what to do on every play,” Wall said.
JMA is coping with the rain this week, getting in some quality practice. Senior quarterback Billy Whitlock is at full strength and has received more reps due to Colby McCommon’s foot injury.
Fellow senior Brantley Attaway got the start under center week one and is currently the scheduled starter as of press time. Attaway was 7-9 for 106 yards against Brentwood.
The performance in the trenches remains a point of emphasis for JMA. The coaching staff noticed some missed assignments versus the Eagles.
“I think the line is coming along. We had a whole lot of room for improvement,” Wall said. “The score wasn’t indicative as how we played as a team. We have to keep improving to reach season goals.”
Wall wants to see how his team responds to the Friday two-hour road trip, hoping they stay focused on the bus and come ready to play ball.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. this Friday in Sharpsburg.