Wolverines riding on momentum from season’s first winPublished 10:21pm Thursday, September 19, 2013
Polk County High School football coach Bruce Ollis feels last week’s big win at Landrum could provide momentum for this Friday, Sept. 20 game against East Henderson, and next Friday’s contest against Madison.
Both those games are at home, and begin at 7:30 p.m.
At nearly full strength, the Wolverines (1-3 overall) have running back Donte Posten to throw at East Henderson. Posten was back in the lineup last week, carrying the ball for 116 yards against Landrum. They also have Jamal Tanner and J.C. Suddeth, both of whom had been injured earlier.
East Henderson will not be an easy opponent, noted Ollis.
“They pose some problems, because they’re so big up front on both sides of the ball.”
Ollis also noted that the Eagles have speed in the backfield, and “run the ball right at you.” So far this season, defending against the run has sometimes been a challenge for the Wolverines, whose overall tackling has seemed to improve.
“We’ve got our work cut out for us,” acknowledged Ollis.
The Eagles can be vulnerable to both the pass and the run, noted Ollis.
“We’re always going to throw the ball some,” he said. But, he added, “To be a successful team we’ve got to run the ball better.”
One reason Ollis is glad to have Posten back on the field is that “he’s a great between-the-tacklers runner.”
Tanner was also back on the field last week against Landrum, where he enjoyed a productive game, including a catch for a touchdown. Suddeth’s left hand is still in a cast, but that hand is improving. It didn’t stop the tough senior from contributing to tackles last week.
“We’re finally healthy,” said Ollis.
This will be the Wolverines’ last non-conference game of the season.
“It will be the most important game they (the Wolverines) have ever played,” added
Ollis, “because it’s their next game.”