Along with Casko maintaining his focus on improving his young football team’s maturity on the playing field, the Colonels’ coach has also become a big fan of mapquest.com and an avid viewer of Saturday morning game films.
Outside of Northwest Whitfield, which Cass lost to last year and beat this year, “the remaining teams on our schedule are ones that we have not seen in years or that we are playing for the very first time,” Casko said. “Not being familiar with the team you are playing next presents itself with an entire list of new questions you have to spend time researching.”
The Gilmer Bobcats (4-1, 0-0) are no exception. The two teams will meet for the very first time Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Elijay. It also will be the first 7A-AAAA sub-region game for both teams. The Bobcats last played two weeks ago, defeating LaFayette, 55-27. Their only loss this season was to Dalton, 28-21.
“The best way,” said Casko, “in fact, the only way to learn about a new opponent is to watch [its] game film over and over again. Hopefully, it will answer questions related to what style of football Gilmer plays and what are their strengths and weaknesses.”
Offensively, Gilmer lines up in a wing-T formation and plays a 4-4 defense.
Also, since it is a road game this Friday, it is imperative for Casko to make sure the team’s bus driver knows how to get to Elijay without getting lost.
“That is when you make sure you have the right directions before we leave,” Casko said.
Truth be told, Cass (4-2, 0-0) has been heading in the right direction when it comes to defeating its road opponents throughout the season. The Colonels are a perfect 4-0 away from Doug Cochran Stadium. Their two losses have come at home against Cartersville and Pickens.
Lack of distractions was the major reason given by Casko for his team’s current road success.
“We stick to our script better when we play away from home,” he said. “Our young players don’t get caught up in all the distractions as we did last week.”
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