“We’re a running team,” Horton said with conviction. “That’s what we expected to be. Frankly, I’d like to be a little more balanced in the passing game, but the way things have gone this year ... If the game doesn’t call for you to pass the ball, then don’t.”
Now with two wins under their collective belt, CCS has a golden opportunity against Hill to take a 4-3 record into the gauntlet that is their TCAF District 3 schedule. The Hawks will bring a legitimate playmaker to Miller Stadium in Demetrion Amie, whom Horton said the Warriors will have to key in on to win the ball game.
“If he comes to play for four quarters, he’s tough to stop,” Horton said of Amie. “He’s a big kid, good speed for his size and he’s a bear. When he comes to play on either side of the ball, he’s going to give you problems. So we’re looking to really focus in on him and make the other kids beat us.”
Horton said the best aspect of playing Hill this week is they provide the perfect warm-up game for the Warriors’ first district opponent, the Azle Christian Fighting Crusaders. Horton said the game plan for both the Hawks and Crusaders will be essentially the same, especially the concept of having to key in on one or two top players.
Azle Christian is loaded with athletes, in Horton’s words, but they have two game-breakers that CCS will have to stop to have a chance. Having to double-team a player like Amie against Hill will ease the Warriors’ defense into that mindset.
“To be honest, we’re not looking past them in any way, but what it takes to beat Hill School is the same thing it’s going to take to beat Azle,” Horton explained. “Because of who Hill School is and the way they’re playing football right now, we’ve been able to put some things in place that we’re wanting to use next week that we haven’t necessarily been using this season. I think that’s going to make a difference. We’re actually getting to put it on the field and see if this is something that’s going to work for us next week.”