Likewise, Horton said his Warriors need to focus on eliminating penalties and turnovers, but such is the way of football, or all sports for that matter. Make as few mistakes as possible and take advantage of when the other team does.
Another source of optimism for the Warriors faithful is freshman sensation Levi Knowles. Knowles burst on to the scene last week in his second career start at running back, posting 20 carries for 169 yards and three touchdowns and an additional 11 yards receiving to lead CCS in total offense. He also led the defense against Ovilla with 12 solo tackles and a fumble recovery to seal the victory.
Knowles’ quick rise coupled with the Warriors’ established stars, Joby Bradshaw and Isaiah and Sammy Brazeal, adds a whole new dimension to the offense and gives opponents one more legitimate weapon to worry about.
The discovery of Knowles might not have come at a better time before the Warriors face an aggressive NCTA defense.
“He’s the only true running back on the team,” Horton said of his freshman phenom. “I’ve got other guys who can run the ball and gain some yardage, but when you talk about what a running back is supposed to look like: he’s compact, he’s quick, he’s all the things that you really need in the backfield.
“Isaiah and Joby are great in the open field, but when you’ve got to make quick cuts, Levi’s that kind of kid.
“He can do some things that we just lacked.”
With regards to his defense, which has struggled mightily against the spread this year, Horton said he expects to see much of the same when the Pioneers have the ball. He added that NCTA primarily operates out of a tight formation, but he thinks highly of the Pioneers’ coach and said that anybody who watches film on the Warriors can quickly recognize their main weakness is spread defense.