The Winder-Barrow High School football team has had a week to heal up and try to recover from a disappointing loss to Salem.
The Bulldoggs are back in action this week as they travel to Heritage High School in Conyers to continue the Region 8-AAAAA schedule.
“We had a good week during the bye,” WBHS coach David Wagner said. “We gave the players a couple of days off for academics and to get healthy. We had three good days of practice. I was happy with what we were able to do. We’ve approached the bye week a little different each year depending on certain situations.”
The Patriots, led by former Jackson High School coach Mike Parris, have moved from the Wing-T to the spread look.
“It’s similar to what a lot of people have gone to,” Wagner said. “They run the zone and zone reads. They look to throw it after they have loosened you up.”
Wagner said Heritage did use some offset I-formation against Gainesville.
“You never know if that was a game planning decision for that contest or if it’s something they will continue using,” Wagner said.
Defensively, the Patriots use some 3-4 looks as well as 4-3 fronts, moving defenders around.
“We have to cut down on the turnovers,” Wagner said. “We are not so much worried about what our opponent is doing but what we are doing. When you play a game like we did against Salem and give them 35 points off turnovers you have to do better in that area. Ironically, we aren’t seeing that in practice. We have good snaps and things run smoothly. When it then appears in the game it’s frustrating for players and coaches. If we can go out and eliminate the mistakes, we will be fine.”
Health-wise, Wagner said the WBHS team is probably at 95 percent.
“We still have a couple who are dealing with some issues,” the coach said. “We have some players who are just hard-nosed and will play even if they are 60 percent. We hope by Friday everyone will be at full strength.”
The size of Heritage, on both lines of scrimmage, will be a concern for the WBHS coach.
“They are good, but we can get them if we play to our potential,” Bulldogg defensive coordinator Stanley Allen said.