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Warriors look to tame Serpents in high school football homecoming

Whittell High is winless at home, but the Warriors can’t think of better way of ending that trend by winning their homecoming game Saturday.

The Warriors (2-2 overall, 2-1 league) have a great opportunity to pick up the elusive win when winless Hawthorne comes calling.

“Hawthorne can be very dangerous,” Warrior head coach Larry Reilly said. “They have nothing to lose.”

The Warriors are coming off a intense, hard-fought win over Incline and knows how important it is to continue their winning ways.

Last week, Whittell used its quick-strike capabilities with three long touchdowns, two by Luke Forvilly and one by Chauncey Lane.

Reilly called an almost perfect game plan, mixing run and pass, keeping the Highlander defense off balance. Reilly plans to continue to mix it up against the Serpents.

“Our play selection was there against Incline,” Reilly said. “This week, we need to establish the run to open up the outside for Luke and Chauncey.”

Signal caller Keith Truswell has seemed to become more and more confident with his throws as the season goes along and the Warriors will need him if they are going to be able to string together any drives, something that has been lacking in the past.

“We still haven’t been able to drive down the field,” Reilly said. “That is hopefully going to change against Hawthorne.”

While the offense has been starting to gel, the defense still needs some work. Against Incline, the Warriors gave up more 300 yards on the ground, but were the beneficiary of more 100 yards in penalties by the Highlander offense.

“We’ve been reacting to the ball really well in practice,” Lane said. “We’ve put a couple new defensive sets in that should help us out.”

This week in practice, the Whittell coaches threw numerous offensive sets at the young defense in hopes of preparing them for the unpredictable Serpent offense.

“They’ve run a different offense every week,” Reilly said. “This week, the kids that ran the ball for them last week could possibly be on the line, we just don’t know.”

One thing Reilly does know is that his defensive line needs to play a lot better. After getting blown off the ball repeatedly, the line really needs to step up.

“My main goal is to shore up the D-line,” Reilly said. “We’ve played really good defense until last week. I don’t know what happened then, but we’ll fix that this week.”

If they do that, the Warriors will have a very successful homecoming indeed.

“We really wanted to beat Incline last week and ruin their homecoming,” Lane said. “It will be nice to come in and win ours to have a two game winning streak.”

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