RHS football takes on Lyman tonight
By Thorn Compton
RAWLINS — One win is great. Consecutive wins is how a team builds success.
That’s where the Rawlins High School football team sits coming into their true home opener this week, as they took out Craig, Colo., at home last Friday 15-12.
Looking for their first back-to-back wins since the first two weeks of the 2014 season, Outlaws head coach Corey Wheeler said his team spent practice this week correcting mistakes. Specifically offensive mistakes.
“Defensively, I thought we played really well last week,” Wheeler said. “But offensively we are just going to cut out the mistakes and execute.
“We had a lot of stupid mistakes that cost us last week.”
In the first half alone, Rawlins had eight false start penalties. Wheeler said those numbers are inflated due to Craig “simulating snap counts,” meaning they were barking out calls while the offense was listening to the quarterback.
“We try to go fast,” Wheeler said of his offense. “When we get set we try to lock in and focus on the play so we don’t have those penalties.”
Another problem from last week’s game was the communication between receivers and quarterback Trey Young.
Young had a great game, throwing for almost 200 yards and a touchdown but he also had quite a few balls that receivers flat out dropped.
Wheeler said that is an issue they have focused on all week and one that should hopefully be remedied.
“They just weren’t on the same page last week,” Wheeler said of his quarterback and receivers. “Our routes weren’t as precise as we would like them. (Young) had a lot of pressure in his face last week too, so we need to keep guys off of him and run routes better to help him out.”
Though he was under pressure all night, Young still did a wonderful job last week escaping that pressure and keeping his eyes down field to try and make a play to his receivers. Wheeler said he loves seeing that from his quarterback, but he also wants Young to realize if he can run for a decent chunk of yards he should take off.
“With (Young), you can’t teach that. It’s just natural,” Wheeler said. “We talked with him this week about being more selfish, he’s just not a selfish player. He looks for receivers when he scrambles but we want him to take the ball to the sticks if he has room and pick up the first down.”
The final thing from last week’s game the Outlaws are looking to correct is their redzone offense.
Four times during in the game against the Bulldogs, Rawlins had the ball inside the 20 but were only able to capitalize once. Wheeler said that comes down to execution, though he said they are trying out some new plays in the redzone this week.
“We put in a few things that should give us a better option to punch it in,” Wheeler said. “I just don’t think we executed when we got in the redzone. We kind of got sluggish, didn’t execute blocks or our routes. We did a lot of work in the redzone this week in practice, we have to finish when we are down there and score.
“Another thing is we are comfortable with Bryce Jerome kicking field goals. The past few years we never kicked them because we didn’t have a kicker. We have confidence in him though, and it helps our offense knowing he can get us those points.”
When it comes to Lyman, Wheeler said they have a similar attack to the Outlaws, away from the ground-and-pound attack of Craig.
“Lyman spreads it out a little more,” Wheeler said. “They run the twins with four receivers. They are 1-0 as well, they beat a Utah team last week.
“As long as we execute and fly to the ball we will put up a lot of points on Friday.”
The game starts tonight at 7 p.m. at Outlaws stadium.