“Isaiah is just an absolute talent. I think out of everybody, he’s the most excited about this Tyler Street game. He likes going up against good players and seeing what he can do. I’m looking forward to seeing him lay it all out there on the football field.”
The Tyler Street Crusaders will visit historic Miller Stadium fresh off of a crushing 46-0 road win over Brownwood Victory Life Academy. Last year, CCS played to a tough 30-6 loss in the rain against the Crusaders.
This year, Tyler Street is led by a few top athletes including 6-foot-2, 225-pound power running back Blake Terry and sophomore quarterback Jordan Coleman who, according to Horton, is a “little bitty ol’ quarterback... who can just sling the ball.” Horton said the Warriors will look to run plays away from Tyler Street’s top players on offense and on the other side of the ball – as he has been saying since two-a-days – the Warriors will look to improve their struggling defense against the spread.
“One of our weaknesses is against the spread,” Horton reiterated. “When we go up in a zone or man against the spread we have to be nearly perfect. We’re just not fast enough, not quick enough, to make mistakes in assignments, make mistakes in coverage. We’ve got to be there. I don’t have enough kids to really run a true live offense against our defense. We kind of have to learn on the fly.”
In light of playing such strong non-district competition, Horton said the biggest lesson his team needs to learn from these measuring-stick games is how to win.
“What you see in Johnson County is a team that knows how to win,” he said. “They’ve got seniors that have been winning for three years now: state championship games, state semifinals. That’s not where we’ve been the last couple years. I think [my team] saw what it is they lack and have an idea of what they need to correct. We’ll go out against Tyler Street, another good team, and see if we can get that fixed this week.”