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August 19, 2013

Football's back in town

Coaches see positives, negatives Friday

TARBORO — All three area coaches saw positives and negatives Friday night at the annual jamboree. The coaches were all pleased with their team's respective offenses and were excited with the way their running backs hit holes and made cuts to get extra yards. They were not as pleased with the way their defenses performed. Tackling was the one weakness all three coaches were dissatisfied with.

SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars

First-year SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars coach, Jonathan Cobb, was extremely proud of his running backs and his third-year starting quarterback Quay Wooten. But on the other side of the ball, Cobb was uncertain about a few things, especially the tackling aspect.

"I saw some real good things and I saw things we have to improve on," Cobb said. "I was really pleased with our young offensive line. They blocked well for us."

Cobb had a big smile on his face when his team had the ball on offense. He told each of his offensive linemen that they got off the line better then he expected them too. He was also excited about his line opening up holes for his backfield.

"Our backs were explosive tonight," Cobb said. "They hit the holes that were there for them and they gain extra yards."

On the other side of the ball, Cobb wasn't to happy with his defense. They missed numerous tackles and the defensive line was blown off the line multiple times on two 10-play series in the latter part of the jamboree.

"We tackled good early on, but the latter part something happened and things changed," Cobb said. "This coming week our goal on defense has got to be working on tackling."

The other thing Cobb said his defense has to work on is staying low. On numerous occasions, his defenders would pop up and try to make tackles on opposing running backs. The defense just didn't make the plays.

"We've got to be able to tackle," Cobb said. "That's going to be the name of the game."

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