By Austin Bishop
First-year Choctaw County High School head football coach Ben Ashley saw some things his team needed to work on during the Chargers controlled scrimmage against J.Z. George last Thursday, but also was pleased with the way his team performed.
“I have really been pleased with the development of the offensive line,” Ashley said. “If you can block people you have a chance. We may not have made every block, but our guys were out there trying to block people. When you get those big guys up there playing hard it makes a difference.”
One of the areas Ashley knows his team is going to have to work on between now and when the 2017 season opens at East Webster on Aug. 18 is defensive backfield play.
Although Ashley has been clear that his team will be run oriented next year, he said the Chargers will still compete heavily in 7-on-7 games this summer.
“The way that really helps us is give us a lot of opportunities to work on the defensive backfield,” he said. “That will be big for us.”
He said his team won’t try to be fancy offensively during the 7-on-7 contests. “We are just going to work on what we do and try to get good at it,” Ashley said.
Although passing won’t be the focus of his team next year, Ashley said that both Austin Telano and Tray Jobe were very effective during the scrimmage.
“We are going to be able to throw the ball,” he said. “Both of them looked good. We are just going to establish the run first.”
Ashley said his team’s defense performed well against J.Z. George and hoped that would continue once the 2017 season begins.