Eagles looking for first win against Boles
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 29, 2006 - COMO - After making personnel changes last week due to injuries, the Como-Pickton Eagles found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard.

Coach Joe Ryzman is hoping homecoming against the Quinlan Boles Hornets (2-1) will be a different story.

"We had a talk after the game last week to the team and it was a heartfelt conversation as to where the team was at and how we were going to fix that. It was a wake-up call to our young athletes and they had the weekend to think about what we had said," the coach said. "The kids came back on Monday and responded well with good practices and were very enthusiastic to get after Boles this week for homecoming."

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., Friday with the introduction of the homecoming court and coronation of the queen to be announced during halftime at Ron Heflin Field.

Quinlan Boles, which finished last season with a 7-3 record, started the season with a 40-21 loss to Simms Bowie and has since beaten Detroit 34-6 and Bells 38-26. The Hornets are coming off their bye week.

"Boles is a very physical team and they are quick. They run a lot of different formations. If you are a football fan and familiar with a lot of different formations, they run some nasty slot and double nasty slot and a lot of motions for their receivers to get the defense off of their toes," the coach said. "Defensively, they will put everybody in the box and try and stop the run and use a blitz to stop anything that gets outside."

With five players out of uniform last week, the Eagles suited up only 17 players and coach Ryzman said it has been tough to find the right mix for every game.

"All last week with our personnel, it was a big challenge for us to fill the personnel of the injured that we have on the team - which is many," Ryzman said. "When you have a team that has as little depth as we have on the varsity this year, it becomes quite difficult to replace those kids that are standouts on your team."

Ryzman said after seeing how Eagle running back Alex Williams was limited due to a high ankle sprain to only three carries for eight yards, he hopes Williams can come back strong this week.

"We were hoping that Alex Williams - who is a very good running back for us - was going to be healthy and that is one of the injured that I was talking about. He wasn't himself last Friday night and because he was still bothered by his high ankle sprain, we didn't get as much out of him."

Boles will be starting Daniel Sanchez (5-11, 170, 4.7) at quarterback for only the fourth time in his career as he made the move from wide receiver last year and Brad Cruise is their returning rusher from last year's team.

"Defensively we are going to attack hard from the edge and force everything inside and then adjust to their motion to ensure they don't end up with a heavy unbalanced look," the coach said. "We found some areas that we can attack with certain plays that we can work well."

"The key this week was to continue to do a little bit of changes with personnel to find a place to make our kids better for that position according to who we are going to play and what type of offense and defense they are going to run."

Ryzman will go with Austin Darby for his second straight start at quarterback and will place Noe Tellez back at running back.

"We felt that it was necessary to put Noe at running back and Austin played quarterback last week. He (Darby) was nervous and acted with a lot of poise and I am proud of him for his hard work ethic," Ryzman said. "He will be starting again against Boles and he is starting to be a leader on the football field for us."

With the district season starting in two weeks, Ryzman said getting his players healthy is a main area of emphasis right now.

"It has been a big challenge for us to rearrange our kids to be successful and compensate for the loss of some of our kids that have been out. Wade Arnold is a two-way starter and Kenny Turner is an offensive starter - who has a broken ankle - and they have been out with injuries," the coach said.

"Wade has been out the past two games and Reece Caddell is bothered by a shoulder injury. Right now, that injury bug is really bugging us, and  this week we have tried to rehabilitate those kids and work hard to improve ourselves."

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