Thursday, September 10, 2009

Panthers prepare for Salem

Published: Thursday, September 10, 2009 6:09 AM

YELLVILLE — There are several things Yellville-Summit football coach Calvin Mallett says his team’s going to have to do better against Salem this Friday then they did against Berryville last Friday.

“We were so awful on offense that I’m not even worried about working on Salem,” Mallett said. “We’re going to have to take care of our own stuff.”

Although the Panthers beat the Bobcats 32-14, Mallett feels his team should be doing better on offense.

“I thought we were an option team, but we couldn’t get it going against Berryville,” the coach said. “We have got to try and get the option going before Friday night.”

Mallett was pleased that quarterback Timothy Hoyt came up with 200 yards of passing opposite Berryville.

“I like to throw 200 yards a night, but I don’t want to have to do it out of necessity, because we can’t get our running game going,” Mallett said.

The coach has already had a look at Salem, when the team attended a four-team scrimmage at Panther Field two weeks ago.

“They run that Single Wing formation, and it’s very hard to read, Mallett said. “If you don’t read it right you can run into three linemen. That’s a lot of the reason we didn’t play well with them in that jamboree.”

Mallett said in preperation for the game with the Yellow Jackets he will be upping the amount of time his team spends running each day.

“Last Friday, our defense played well at times, but they got tired,” the coach said. “We doubled-up on the conditioning. We’re not just running them in the morning anymore, but also the afternoon. That ought to get them ready.”

Mallett is optimistic that the Panthers will be able to move their season to 2-0 after Friday night.

“We’ve just got to play our game,” he said. “If we do that, we’ll be just fine.”

Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at Yellville-Summit as the Panthers host Salem.

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