Linden looks toward J.U. Blacksher

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 22, 2007

LINDEN &8212; Patriots coach Andro Williams is ready to kick off this year&8217;s football season on Friday. He said his group, too, is ready to see how their efforts have paid dividends when they face J.U. Blacksher High School out of Uriah, located north of the Mobile Bay area.

Williams said the jamboree in south Alabama will be his first chance to really analyze the group&8217;s ability to handle pressure in a game. He said how the group performs under fire, during a high-paced game where players have to get up and a keep going after getting hit, will mean a lot to how the group will fare during their strenuous regular season schedule.

Since the game is format much like a regular game, with regular length quarters and the only real chance coming from the lack of returns on special teams, the group will have to run the packages they have learned since Williams took over the program.

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As for game preparation, Williams said he isn&8217;t too concerned with what J.U. Blacksher is doing scheme related for the game. While he knows a little about the program, he said the game is a chance for his team to work on what they have been doing, so it isn&8217;t as important to scout out the opposition.

What Williams does know about the opposition is that the team lost a quarterback from last year, who was a big part of the group&8217;s offense, so he is looking for Blacksher to come out with several running backs.

Williams said the game also gives him an opportunity to introduce the team to how the group will be run during pre-game. He said he hope the team adjusts well from what they have done in the past to what will be expected of them now.