For McCormick to make a turnaround in non-region play, it’ll have to start with creating more offense.
McCormick was shut out for the second consecutive week after a 42-0 loss to Laney. The Chiefs have a talented young core in freshman running back A’Chean Durant and freshman quarterback Suderian Harrison, and they’ll be looking to help generate more offense.
McCormick (0-3) will be looking to bounce back at home against Fox Creek at 7:30 tonight. The Predators (0-2) have taken a step back in 2A after losing do-it-all quarterback Cam Mitchem, and they have a new coach in LaFayette Stewart.
The Predators came out of the gates hot last year, winning their first three games before running into a challenging Region 2-2A schedule. Their playoff hopes ended when they lost to Silver Bluff in a battle for the final postseason spot, bringing their season to its earliest end since 2013.
Fox Creek did return a handful of key, experienced players from last year’s team. It’ll run an RPO-style offense led by wide receiver Jatonius Butler, a big-play threat. The Predators also run a 4-2-5 defense, which McCormick saw last week against Laney.
McCormick struggled running the football last week, with top back Durant gaining just 13 yards on the ground. The Chiefs did lose a key back last week in Omar Key, who was carted off the field with an apparent leg injury.
Coach Paul Pratt will certainly be looking for improvement from his team on defense, but the Chiefs knew they needed to rely on their offensive weapons this season. The talent is there, and McCormick could be ready to flash it against a team in transition like Fox Creek.