The fixes the Sulphur Tors’ secondary has put in since the SPOT Therapy/Billy Navarre Jamboree last week will be put to the test in Week 1.
It will be a rare Thursday night game for the Tors, who will host Lake Charles College Prep, a Class 3A quarterfinalist last season, at 7 p.m. today at Matt Walker Memorial Stadium.
Washington-Marion exploited a few holes in the Sulphur Tors’ secondary last week when William Carswell caught a pair of long touchdown passes for 81 and 59 yards.
“Defensively, our front seven played really good against their run, but we just can’t give up the big plays,” Sulphur head coach Cecil Thomas said. “We have to do our jobs.
“We had two blown coverages. I really like the quarterback (Devin Williams) from Washington-Marion. I think he is going to be a (great) quarterback. He has a good touch on the ball. He is one of the better quarterbacks that I have seen in this area. We have to be smart on the back end and not blow the coverage like we did.”
The Tors will face a similar offense this week. The Trailblazers have an athletic quarterback in Dillon Simon, who threw for 2,006 yards and 21 touchdowns last year plus a pair of deep threats in junior receivers Glynn Johnson and Solomon Lewis. The duo combined for 1,280 yards and 18 touchdowns last year. Thomas is hoping the Tors can force LCCP to the ground where they limited the Charging Indians to nine yards on nine plays last week.
“They have some deep threats,” Thomas said. “We have to take away the big plays and take away the pass. We want them to have to run the football to beat us. If we get them in that situation, I think that we will be ok.”
Sulphur’s offense ran 44 plays over two 12-minute halves last week and will look to keep the blistering pace up this week. Sulphur had 298 yards of total offense led by junior running back Dylan McFarlain, who ran for 193 yards on 21 carries.
“We are going to be up-tempo,” Thomas said. “Once you start moving the ball like that, you saw the other team get tired.
“That is the thing with this (offense). We can line up in multiple personnel packages and still play at a high pace. I am the type of person that when we have someone on their heels, we will go get them. I thought that we did a good job of taking over the line of scrimmage up front last week and getting them on their heels. I like the fact that we were able to start putting the run game together. I liked the tempo of the offense and we were able to put drives together.”
It is the first time that Lake Charles College Prep has played a Class 5A school since the program began in 2015. The Trailblazers also have a home game against Natchitoches Central in Week 3, plus a pair of Class 4A schools in Leesville (Week 2) and LaGrange (Week 4).