EA Cougars travel to Prattville

Published 5:33 pm Tuesday, September 14, 2010

With their first region win behind them, the Escambia Academy Cougars will focus on another non-region opponent this week when they travel to Prattville to take on the Prattville Christian Academy Panthers.

The Cougars (3-1, 1-1) were able to dominate Marengo Academy with the run last week, and will look to do the same thing against Prattville.

Cougars head coach Heath Gibson said the main focus for his team this week is to get healthy.

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“We are really just working on getting healthier,” Gibson said. “We have some guys that are banged up right now, and some of them made a trip to the Andrews Institute Saturday morning, so we are just trying to get well.”

Another area of focus for the Cougars is their pass defense.

In their previous two games, teams that normally focus on the ground have been able to open it up and gain a lot of yards through the air.

Gibson said he and his coaches will work around players to help their secondary.

“On defenes, we need to improve our secondary play,” Gibson said. “We are going to make some personnel changes to see what adjustments are made. Prattville Christian is a big team with a big line, so we have to be ready to line up against them.”

Offensively, the Cougars will continue to work their spread option.

Gibson said he wants to get Jaylen Henry a lot of touches and help get Michael Thompson more comfortable passing.

“We will stay with what we have been doing,” Gibson said. “We want to get Jaylen 20 touches at least and help Thompson get more experience passing the ball.”

The Cougars and Panthers kick off Friday at 7 p.m. in Prattville.

Escambia Academy Cougars head coach Heath Gibson looks for a subsitute during a timeout during his team’s victory over the Marengo Academy Longhorns Friday night.|Photo by Adam Prestridge