Discipline has been a stressed word at the James Buchanan Rocket football practice this week.
Mostly because a lack there of was a big factor last Friday in the Rockets’ 48-7 season-opening loss to Big Spring.
JB turned it’s focus to being more prepared in hopes of breaking a 22-game losing streak Friday as it hosts the Hanover Nighthawks at 7 p.m. in a non-league game.
In last week’s loss the Rockets gave up more than 500 yards, including 340 on the ground.
“Technique wise we have to get better,” JB coach Andy Stoner said. “Defensively we have to maintain our gaps and not get too far up the field. We have to stay at home and play our positions.”
Last year vs. Hanover, the Rockets put up their highest point total of the season (36 points), but they gave up 55.
The Nighthawks return three starters on offense including quarterback Cam Mumma, who passed for 899 yards and connected on 11 touchdowns. Also returning is running back Justin Barnes, who rushed for 851 yards and 9 touchdowns.
“They will try and pound the ball at us so we will have to be prepared,” Stoner said. “And last year they torched us with a ton of 3-yard passes.”
Last week the Rockets ran the ball decent, getting 138 yards from Cormac Houpt, but the passing game was non-existent producing a final stat line of 1-for-11 for 2 yards and 3 interceptions.
“As a whole offensively we have to get better making the defense guess where the ball is, we have to run our fakes out,” Stoner said. “And we have to get more than two yards passing to help our run game out. They are going to put seven or eight guys on the line so we have to keep them honest.”