Lowe wants Lions to be more physical
Matt Lowe’s first season at the helm of The King’s Academy was sliced nicely.
The Lions got a bye after five games. With five to go, Lowe wants to see his team get physical.
“We’ve got to be more physical to be able to compete within our district,” Lowe said. “We have to be more physical as a football team.”
TKA (2-3) opens up the second half of the season tonight with a trip to Ezell-Harding (2-4). Seymour (2-3), also coming off a midseason bye, is at South-Doyle (3-2) while Sevier County (4-1) hosts Cherokee (2-3).
Lowe said part of the problem for the Lions has been injuries and a lack of numbers. The coach said he’s tried to protect his team in practice with key players like quarterback Adam Deatherage and running back Jason Maduafokwa missing time. During the bye, the staff was a little more physical than normal.
Lowe said he is excited to have a mostly healthy lineup, with only a couple players missing here and there as the flu goes around. There’s quite a few teams in the second half that the Lions like their chances with. They just need to employ a more physical nature.
“It’s part of a mentality,” Lowe said. “It’s got to be expressed in practice. ... We’ve done a good job of getting better week to week. The little things we have to become better at and we have to get there much quicker.”
Seymour has lost a starter without playing a game last week.
Senior Keaton Summers, a starting wide receiver and backup cornerback, will miss tonight’s game at South-Doyle after spraining his knee in a conditioning drill. Eagles coach Jim Moore said he hopes to have Summers back next Thursday when Seymour plays Sevier County.
“It’s a depth issue,” Moore said. “You try to stay healthy. Just fluke things happen. Part of football.”
Coming off the bye, Moore wants to see his team stop hurting itself. Penalties and points left on the field have held the Eagles back this season. The coach said 35 of the 45 points Jefferson County scored two weeks ago came after Seymour had a defensive stop.
“It’s one of those things, you look back at game film, and holy cow,” Moore said. “Just a lot of silly things.”
It’s clear on film what happened to Sevier County in last week’s 55-6 loss to No. 1 Maryville.
“You watch yourself, you see when we do what we’re supposed to do we have some success,” said Smoky Bears coach Steve Brewer. “Then, you see the times where we don’t and they just kill you.”
Brewer will be looking to see how his team responds tonight against a Cherokee team that will be no easy foe. The Chiefs three losses have been by a combined seven points, losing twice by three points and once by a point. They have the second-best defense in the IMAC behind South-Doyle, allowing a little over 281 yards per game.
“We should be anxious to get back on the field and do better,” Brewer said. “Cherokee’s a good football team. They’ve been in every game. ... They’ve got some good things going on. It’s going to be a fight.