By VAN HOLLAND
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."
North Edgecombe Warriors
The North Edgecombe Warriors moved the football Friday behind a young line. The majority of their team is young, with just six seniors listed on the roster. They are very inexperienced at quarterback and it showed. The Warriors fumbled three times on their opening series, but things got better for them as the jamboree went on.
Coach Keith Parisher was pleased overall with his team's performance, but said he has some work to do before they open the season Friday.
"Offensively we moved the ball for the most part," Parisher said. "The experience from our backs showed and I think they looked pretty good. Our line blocked well for us."
Parisher tried throwing the ball several times and had receivers wide open, but the QB's just couldn't complete the passes. Parisher had three different players at the QB spot trying to see who gave him what he was looking for. None of QB's have experience and Parisher knows that game time situations will be the only thing to help them.
"We have to work on the quarterback spot," Parisher said. "We have to work on snaps and other things, because they just don't trust it yet."
On the defensive side of the ball, Parisher said his team needed to work on tackling. His team wasn't wrapping up their opponents like they had been coached to do.
Tarboro Vikings coach Jeff Craddock said he saw some good things on both sides of the ball. He wasn't to pleased with his defense giving up big plays and the way they were trying to tackle. They were scored on when their opponent threw a touchdown pass. That's been a weakness for Tarboro in the past.
"We have to sure up our tackling before Friday night," Craddock said. "We also need to learn that we can't give up the big plays."
Tarboro showed explosiveness out of the backfield and made some big runs. They have six running backs who could start at any given time and showed why they will be a hard time to stop. Each of the six backs had good hard runs.
"Offensively I saw some real good things, but we are still missing some key blocks," Craddock said. "Our faking looked pretty good, but there is always room for improvement."
After the jamboree, Craddock said he gave his team a "B" for their overall performance. But he knows they have a ways to go, to get where he wants them to be.