Northampton-East ready for ‘fast’ year

Published 12:14 pm Tuesday, August 9, 2011

CREEKSVILLE – If you blink, you may miss it.

That’s how quickly the Northampton County High School – East offense is likely to be moving this year.

Rams’ second-year skipper George Privott said Monday his team was continuing to develop since practice began July 31 and is showing signs of being better prepared in 2011.

“Our main core has been here working every day,” he said. “Right now, what we’re missing is the freshman who are coming over from Conway Middle. They are not used to practicing until they get into school, so we’re hoping we have some of them come out once school starts.”

Privott said if that happened, it was possible the school would field a JV team by the time the Tar-Roanoke Conference season begins.

“The boys I’m depending on have showed up on time,” he said. “Thank to the seven-on-seven league, we pretty much have the whole offense and defense in. What we have to do now is go over game preparation each week.”

Privott said his team had not worked hard on special teams yet, but would be doing so in the next few days.

Early on the strengths for the Rams will include the skilled players, who have worked all summer.

“Basically, we have been working on our passing game through the seven-on-seven league since last spring,” the coach said. “We’ve started putting in our running game over the last few weeks and it only took a couple of days for them to get it.  I have been impressed with how quickly they are picking up the stuff we’re implementing since it’s all new.”

The area of main concern thus far has been depth on the offensive line.

“We may have a total of seven linemen right now,” Privott said. “When school starts, we may pick up a few of those freshman who I believe have the size to play varsity right away.”

The coach said his concern wasn’t new.

“Our offensive line has always been a question,” he said. “That is one of the reasons we went to a fast-paced offense – so the line doesn’t have to block as long.”

If the situation dictates, Privott said he has a wealth of players who were in skill positions who were willing to play on the line to help out.

This week will help the Rams and Privott learn about their season as they participate in three scrimmages. They will play at Hertford County High School on Thursday, at Northampton-West on Friday and at Southern Vance on Saturday.

“We’ll see how well we match up against other teams and how the no-huddle offense will look,” Privott said. “Just running it in practice has worn our defense out, so I feel sure it will do the same thing to the other teams.”

The coach said he also wanted to see how well his team adapted to getting the signals in and the plays off in the no-huddle as well as how the offensive line holds up in the trenches.

The Rams will open their season Friday, August 19 when Granville Central pays a visit to Roy F. Lowry Stadium.