There are two things that Lakeway Christian Academy football coach Jermel Jones said his team was working on as they prepare to take on Asheville Friday night.
Tackling and blocking.
For Jones, he will want to see his team continue to improve on those two things as they look to compete for four quarters.
“Those are the number one and number two things that win and lose football games,” Jones said. “We harped on making sure we tackle and block well this week. We want to make sure we keep our guys as safe as possible, but the only way to learn how to tackle and block is by tackling and blocking.”
Last week, after a week off, Lakeway made the four-hour bus ride to Zion Christian and were trailing just 18-0 heading into the fourth quarter.
Despite the score getting out of hand in the fourth, Jones was impressed with what he saw out of his team on their first road trip of the season.
“I saw a willingness to compete,” Jones said. “We had a long bus ride and getting off and being ready to play a four-quarter game can be tough on a young football team. That bus ride kind of weighed on us a little, but it was good to see how our guys got off the bus and competed. In the fourth quarter, we had some miscues and the score got a little out of hand. But to see our guys continue to play until the clock hit zero, it was something to be pleased about as a coach.”
Now, Lakeway will have another bus ride as they travel to take on Asheville in North Carolina. The Lions were scheduled to take them on earlier in the year but North Carolina did not give their high schools the green light to play football until this week.
With a long road trip under their belt, Lakeway will be more prepared this Friday when they have yet another long trip.
“I think last week will help a lot this week,” Jones said. “From our conversations last week with our guys and to see how they have come to practice this week, we have seen a lot more energy. We saw guys flying around, hitting a little bit and guys will to tackle and willing to focus on their craft and get better. Last week, when we look at it in the win-loss column, it wasn’t a w but to see how our guys have responded, I think it was a win for us to see them bounce back.”
Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. as Lakeway is looking for their first win of the season.
For Jones, he just wants to see his team do what they have been practicing all week.
“We just want to be able to tackle and block,” Jones said. “If we can tackle and blocking better, we’ll be alright. We just want to see those guys be in the right places and make sure they are blocking to right person. It will be good to see our guys do that on Friday.”