TEXARKANA — The Arkansas High Razorbacks begin the 6A playoffs Friday at Marion to take on the Patriots in the first round of the postseason.
Hogs head coach Barry Norton says the Patriots are “unfamiliar,” and that they are a good football team.
“It’s unfamiliar,” Coach Norton said on the “Coaches Show” Tuesday. “I just think just looking on tape they’re a good football team. They’re a 3-4 defensive football team. They’re very aggressive. They’re going to outnumber your run game. They’re going to make you throw the football. You’ve got to create runs in there. Everything they do is based off of that. But that leaves you in some single coverage on some things. So, I think we’ve got to be able to create some stuff and balance in what we’re doing offensively.”
“He is a guy that he’s a good thrower, but he can pull it down and run and make some plays,” Norton said. “It’s hard to get him on the ground. He’s not just fast. He’s hard to get on the ground. So we have to do a good job of that. We have to stay with our coverage, limit the big play.
“If we make them drive the football, make them put together eight, 10, 12 plays to score, I think they’ll have a hard time. If we’re not careful, we’ll let them get out and bust the big play and scramble, then we’ll have some problems.”
Junior running back Jordan Hall did not have a single carry last Friday in El Dorado. Tyrie Black rushed seven times for 30 yards as Coach Norton wanted Hall to heal.
On Sunday evening, Hall sent Coach Norton a simple text.
Said Norton: “I talked to Jordan via text message Sunday night. He said, ‘Coach, I’m a lot better.” I talked to him [Monday] and he said he’s ready to go. So, we’ll see how he moves around this week. Obviously if he’s healthy it adds to us as a football team and we’ll be better because of it.”
Black’s carries also helped Coach Norton evaluate his depth at running back. The Hogs would prefer to run against the Patriots to keep them off balance defensively.
Michael DelGiorno and Greg Hogan will have the call from Marion Friday on Fox Sports Radio 1400 and the Freed AM Sports app with kickoff at 7:00 p.m. and pregame at 6:00 p.m.