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New offense causes problems for Hiram
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
October 09, 2013 10:11 AM | 1265 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hiram senior Kendall Davis works on receiving drills during practice last week.
Hiram senior Kendall Davis works on receiving drills during practice last week.
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Hiram’s first-year head coach Chris Brown admitted to making a call that could jeopardize the season but benefit the program in the long run.

Brown said his decisions have been the downfall of the team so far this season — the biggest being the change from the wing-T formation to a multiple-I. While it was a well thought-out plan, the timing may have been wrong, he said.

“I just felt like ultimately I had to do what I felt was in the best interest of the program, though it may not have been in the best interest of this team,” said Brown.

The Hiram Hornets were 0-4 after their Sept. 20 loss to North Paulding. Having a bye week to work on some things before their Oct. 4 homecoming game against Lithia Springs, the team focused on cleaning up their new offense. They then defeated the Lions 41-19 in front of a packed stadium Friday, bringing them to a 1-4 record.

Installing the multiple-I in game three against Villa Rica, Brown said this offense matches the team’s personnel very well — and they have seen improvements in it.

However, with “too many small nuances” and not enough time, Brown said changing the offense after the start of the season proved to be more of a problem than he thought.

“We’ve only played two games in it and we went from scoring seven points against Villa Rica to 21 points against North Paulding. If you look at their records, North is the better team,” Brown said prior to playing Lithia Springs.

Offensively, the team is led by running backs Chris Miller and Otis Askew and quarterback Jacob Lester. On the defensive side, the team is led by linebacker Kendall Davis, lineman Attorney Gallman and linebacker Taylor Turner.

After five games, Lester had 30 pass completions for 268 yards and one touchdown. Askew had 347 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 81 carries. Miller had 338 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 47 carries. Davis had 32 total tackles, Gallman 37 and Turner 13.

According to Brown, Davis set a new school record for tackles in a game with 17 total tackles against Villa Rica.

Brown said the players are “good kids” and continue to work hard despite dealing with the losses and a new offense.

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