TEXARKANA — The Arkansas High Razorbacks have a trap game against the Sheridan Yellowjackets Friday at Razorback Stadium during homecoming.
Head coach Barry Norton believes the best way to combat the false security of playing a weaker opponent is to focus on yourself and pay attention to details.
“We just have to keep a good focus like we do each week,” Norton said on the weekly “Coaches Show” Tuesday. “I think our kids have done a good job with that. I think as you go through you see how we practice, how we want to practice. As the season goes on, you’ve got to cut down on the contact, make sure your execution is right. And I talk to the kids all the time. It speaks to the maturity of the kids. If you can be mature in your approach to practice, you don’t have to go there and hit a bunch.”
The Hogs (3-3, 1-2) are 17-point favorites against the Yellowjackets (0-6, 0-3), who have gone 0-15 in their last 15 games. Not to mention, newly renovated Razorback Stadium will be rocking given Friday night is homecoming.
“I always tell our kids all the time the reason you have a homecoming is because there’s a game,” said Norton. “And the most important thing is when you get people back, and I know we have some different groups coming back for homecoming. As they’re coming back to celebrate their reunions and different things, we want to make sure our kids have played well. If we play well, then you’ll look up and it will make those people proud. So, we want to play well, but in order to play well, we have to prepare well.”
Hogs must recognize head coach Lance Parker’s “10,000 formations”
First-year head coach Lance Parker helped lead quarterback Cade Fulsom and the Russellville Cyclones to 6A state title in 2016. The rookie head coach has brought the multiple offense to Sheridan, and Coach Norton realizes his team must prepare for it.
Said Norton: “They give you 10,000 formations, all the unbalance, motion, shifts, all the things trying to create bad alignments by the defense. So, we’ll have to be really good at recognizing and getting everything lined up right and not be outflanked. But he does a good job, really good job with his offense and scheme wise and everything. We just have to do a good job with it.”
The Yellowjackets also run a 4-2-5 defense with deep zone blitzes, akin to Lake Hamilton’s defense.
“They rotate everything outright,” Norton said. “So, we’ve got to go play well and execute.”
Listen to the Hogs and Yellowjackets Friday night at 7:00 p.m. on Fox Sports Radio 1400 and the Freed AM Sports app with Michael Delgiorno and Greg Hogan on the call.