Eagles look to wrap up predistrict schedule at 2-2
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 16, 2005 - COMO - After a 52-10 defeat last week against the Harmony Eagles, Como-Pickton coach Joe Ryzman believes Friday night's game against Collinsville could even their record at 2-2 on the season.

"If our kids come out and play the way that they did against Celeste, then we will have success against Collinsville," the coach said. "We put last week behind us and focused on Collinsville this week and getting another win in the win column."

CPHS (1-2) is favored by two touchdowns by the Harris Ratings Poll, but Ryzman said Collinsville will be a competitive ballgame at Heflin Field.

"Our gameplan to defend and contain their offense was to be able to put together a defensive gamplan that was not complicating and our kids could execute throughout the game," Ryzman said.

"At the same time, we need to be sound against every formation that they run at us because they run a lot of different formations."

Collinsville, under new head coach Danny David, is currently 1-2 on the season after losing 26-7 to Grapevine Faith Christian last Friday night.

David was the defensive coordinator under G.A. Moore at Pilot Point before taking over for Aaron Keesee, who went 4-6 last year at Collinsville.

On offense, the Pirates run multiple formations and play-action plays with junior Matt Linn, who makes the switch from all-district wide receiver to quarterback this season.

For the second straight week, the Eagles face a team that averages 200-pounds on the line, as Collinsville has three sophomores, a junior, and one senior in 5-8, 215-pound Bucjac Dutton and Ryzman said they have worked on that during practice this week.

"Really, when you go against big lineman you have a way to work to control those guys with one being technique and the other is to know what exactly your responsibility is on that play during the game," Ryzman said.

Ryzman said the Collinsville defense will give them many different formations to work against and the Eagles are ready to play tomorrow night.

"They run a multiple defense with a 4-3, split look, and they get 10 people of the line and come after you so we have looked at everything that they do on film and adjusted our offense and we are ready to go this week."

This season, the play of senior running back Ray Hayden has been a strong reason why the Eagles are at 1-2 as he has 700 yards on 64 totes and 10 touchdowns. He is averaging 10.94 yards per carry and is on pace to set two records at C-P.

Hayden has already set the single-game rushing record with 348-yards and six touchdowns against the Celeste Blue Devils in Week 1 of the season, and is on pace for the single-season rushing record of 2,053 yards set by Larrin Porter during the 2001 season.

"We are not focusing on Ray's personal accomplishment's but we are focusing on the team as a whole and winning ballgames," the coach said. "If Ray makes that accomplishment then I am very proud and happy for him."

Controlling the football is one area that Ryzman stressed once again this week as last week the Eagles had only 223 yards of total offense after a 563-yard production the previous week.

"It is always a concern and a privilege when you have an offense that can control the ball and march it down the field, then that is always a plus for your offensive gameplan," he said. "On offense, we need to not turn over the football and make sure that we control the ball and score a touchdown or punt it away successfully tomorrow night."

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