Thursday, October 4, 2007

Fort Dale Using Practice Time Preparing for Single-Wing

October 2, 2007 8:29 PM CDT

Fort Dale has another top 10 showdown

By Michael Rodgers

Last week was homecoming for Fort Dale, and the Eagles didn't exactly have a tough time taking care of the Taylor Road Tigers.

This week will be different as Fort Dale faces Glenwood Academy.

The matchup will be a top-10 showdown — Fort Dale is ranked No. 6 in the latest poll and Glenwood is ranked No. 4.

"Glenwood has a good team," head coach James Sampley said. "They run the single wing and the Notre Dame box, and all these things that we don't see weekly."

Sampley said his team will be going through different preparations during practice to prepare for this new kind of offensive scheme.

"We're basically trying to make sure kids are playing their position," Sampley said. "They switch players around in the backfield, so if you go to chasing players instead of staying at home, you don't catch anyone."

Despite the prevalence of the ground game, Glenwood also throws the ball to keep the defense honest.

Although it's a big game for Fort Dale, it isn't a region game for the Eagles.

"Even though it isn't a region game, it's still important for us," Sampley said. "Glenwood is a potential playoff opponent for us."

Sampley said the game against Taylor Road was good for his team, not only because of the mark in the win column.

Last week Sampley said his team uses homecoming to focus on addressing their own issues.
"We had a good week of practice last week," Sampley said. "Everybody played in the game, and it was good from that aspect."

"We also got to rest some people and get better injury-wise," he added.

Kickoff for the game against Glenwood is set for 7 p.m.

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