“I think we are going to able to run the ball well,” coach Gerald Perry said. “Anthony Hernandez is going to be our starter at running back for us.”
Hernandez, a junior, has been on the varsity since his freshman year and played in the slot. An outstanding running back in junior high, Hernandez will be moving back to a position Perry feels is well-suited for him.
“He’s going back to his natural position,” Perry said. “Anthony is strong, powerful, and fast. We expect him to do great things for us there.”
There are going to be some mistakes on the football field when you start putting freshmen and sophomores out there.
“They are going to have a lot of things thrown at them that they haven’t seen before. The game is going to be faster for them on Friday night.” Perry said. “That’s why we are going to have to coach our tails off out here. We don’t have the luxury of a bunch of seniors offering leadership with such a young class.”
While he may be short on seniors, Perry likes what he sees in players like Cagen Blakely, JJ Carroll, Jordan Dixon, Anthony Flores, Braden Fryer, Colton Heddins, Garrett McDougal, Cameron Tucker, Quinton Wagers, Ethan Waters, and Jeremiah Woodard.
“These guys are out here with goals of winning football games,” Perry said. “Win District! Then keep it going into the state playoffs is what we want.”
“Right now we continue to concentrate one the fundamentals we talked about earlier in the week,” Perry said. “We can’t let anything slide with such a young group of players.”
Mineral Wells’ multi-formation spread offense gets a new wrinkle every year, but fans should expect to see a good bit of running early on as the youngsters navigate their way through fresh waters.
“Our coaches have been putting in a great effort, and when we have coach Seth Hobbs out there running our strength and conditioning along with the rest of our staff, it allows me to work on the athletic director’s side of my job,” Perry said. “We are going to be strong, and the guys are out there looking at every little detail to make us better.”
Attention to detail is critical in football but especially so when it comes to a spread offense using the run-pass option.
When it comes to the Rams in 2019, Perry expects to be a run-heavy team with his quarterback expected to read the defense in front of them for the time to throw the football.
Perry’s penchant for throwing something a little different at the defenses the Rams face will include formations that sometimes have two and three tight ends and even three backs in the backfield.
“We are going to run a ton of formations out there, so we are going to have to go over and over it with these young kids to get them up to speed,” Perry said.
Each football workout has four new formations the players will need to learn inside and out before they can go to the next level. Meaning those young minds need to retain each of those formations and the drills for them get longer each practice.
It’s a building-block method the coaches also use in summer conditioning as coach Hobbs demands things five perfect sets of sprints with no lolly-gagging otherwise the players have to start over.
“I’m proud of how the kids and the coaches have been out here working,” Perry said.