Falcons look to win home opener

September 5, 2013

Chris Slone

PDT Sports Editor

Minford got out of the gates quickly in week one of the football season as they traveled to Rock Hill and came away with a 40-6 victory. However, Falcons coach Brent Daniels wasn’t all smiles after the win.

“We came out lackadasical,” Daniels said. “We scored early, then got a little complacent.”

Last week, the Falcons lead Rock Hill 7-6 at halftime.

“We faced some adversity,” Daniels said. “For the most part, we handled the adversity pretty well.”

After halftime, Minford scored 33 unanswered points.

“We adjusted our attitude,” Daniels said. “We started having fun, flying aroung to the ball (on defense). (Offensively) we stayed on our blocks and we created turnovers.”

Minford welcomes Columbus Grandview Heights to town as the Falcons prepare for their home opener. The Bobcats lost to the Centennial Stars in their home opener last Friday night.

Grandview Heights has around 35 players on their roster but according to Daniels, they have the talent to compete.

“They are a spread, no huddle team,” Daniels said. “No. 10 (Nick Schopis) is a threat both running and throwing the ball.”

According to Daniels, Schopis is a very skilled athlete. Defensively, the Falcons will have to be aware of Schopis at all times.

“No. 10 is pretty much their offense. He runs their offense very well,” Daniels said. “We have to limit what he can do.”

Look for the Falcons to run a similar defensive scheme to stop Schopis as they did against Rock Hill last week. One unit that must have a good game is the Falcons’ defensive line. They have to constantly get penetration and win the point of attack, Daniels said.

Daniels said his team can not get into a track meet with the Bobcats. Minford will try to set the tone and tempo for the matchup.

“We have to slow down and do our thing,” Daniels said. “We can’t get into a race with them. We are going to slow the pace down by running the ball and hopefully our quarterback (Cody Stapleton) will be able to throw the ball down the field.”

During his pregame speech, Daniels will focus on three factors that will give the Falcons the best chance for victory. Minford will have to win the turnover battle by taking care of the football, their defense will be in proper aligment by communicating and the Falcons’ offensive lineman must maintain their blocks, Daniels said.

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