The design calls for tacklers to execute hits to the dummy’s lower half.
“We’ve been doing that every day, and it’s a big part of where we’re at,” said Cougars Coach Rob Elliott, whose team has gone 4-0 since the Towson loss.
So in practice the following week, Chesapeake’s coaching staff brought out its set of Shadowman tackling dummies, tools that can be dragged around to create the illusion of a scampering runner.
The small wins at the line of scrimmage, the downfield blocks from receivers, the 12-yard completions to the tight end on play-action do the talking. Brooks hopes enough of them will wear down a Gonzaga defense that has been the pleasant surprise so far. “That’s what’s going to win us a championship.” Here are some notes from our high school football beat reporters from around the region.
» Chesapeake gets low, wins four straight As Chesapeake watched film of its season-opener, reliving the horrors of a 30-point loss to Towson, an alarming pattern came into focus: The Cougars weren’t playing football low enough to the ground.
— » MAGRUDER WINS FIRST GAME IN TWO YEARS Magruder’s game against Northwood last Thursday night featured a few milestones.
The Colonels’ 41-0 win was their first victory in 691 days, dating back to Nov. And perhaps more importantly for Coach Ray Fowle as he looks for rising talent and consistency to overcome a winless 2016 season, the quarterback leading the charge scored his first passing and rushing touchdowns at the position.