Improving on offense will be key for JB

The James Buchanan Rocket football team is 1-0, but if it wants to see 2-0 it will have to play better than last Friday’s come-from-behind 19-14 win over York Vo-Tech.

Friday night the Rockets will look to extend their win streak to 2 as they host the Big Spring Bulldogs at 7 in a non-league game at Rocket Stadium.

A late fourth quarter TD pass from Sebastian Wise to Grant Ellis provided JB with its winning points vs. York Vo-Tech, but before that, Wise was sacked 9 times, there were 2 lost fumbles, one interception, half-a-dozen dropped passes and a lot of missed blocking assignments.

“We didn’t do a good job with identifying things at pre-snap,” JB coach David Miller said. “York was showing blitz the whole game and we weren’t picking it up. We have to be able to call that out and make adjustments. That was a game we didn’t take advantage of a lot of stuff.”

Despite the offensive woes, Miller was happy how the Rockets were able to come back to get the win.

“Us coming back will play huge, not just for this season, but what we did should help the younger guys,” Miller said. “It showed we can make plays when the game is on the line.”

The Rockets will have to continue to make plays this week especially on defense as they will go up against 2 of the bigger and strongest offensive players they’ll see this season.

Big Spring, which opened its season with a 21-0 win over Biglerville, features running back Nathan Fetchkan (5-11, 225) and wide receiver Gavin Pritchard (6-4, 215).

Last week Fetchkan, who resembles former Washington Redskin great John Riggins running the ball, ran for 88 yards and 1 TD. Pritchard only caught 1 pass, but it went 36 yards for a TD.

“Fetchkan is tough,” Miller said. “We have to get to him before he gets going and we have to get more than one person to him. As for Pritchard, we just have to match his physicality. He’s gonna make some plays, but we have to be as physical as we can with him.”

Last week, JB’s defense had 4 players with at least 10 tackles last week led by Caleb Wise’s 15. Logan Miller added 13, Daulton Bray collected 12 and Chase Henry finished with 11.

“We just need to continue to be aggressive on defense,” Miller said. “They run a Wing-T out of the shot gun. Like I’ve said before and I’ll keep saying it, if we are gap sound we should be all right.”




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