COMANCHE — Indians’ senior quarterback Alex Hinshaw views Friday’s game against Frederick as the last “tune-up” for the offense before district play.
Comanche (1-1) hosts Frederick (1-1) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
Hinshaw expects plenty of chances to throw against a Frederick defense that loads up to stop the run and tempts offenses to pass.
“I think when it comes down to it, we’re going to be passing the ball,” sophomore receiver Brandon VanOven said.
When Stony Mitchell left Comanche’s opener at Velma-Alma with a leg injury, the Indians relied heavily on their passing game in the second half. Against Tishomingo, the offense failed to score after taking a 20-0 lead before halftime. Hinshaw threw for only 153 yards in first half, but only 38 in the second half.
“We were close against Velma-Alma. We had the fumbles, and against Tishomingo we had the penalties,” Hinshaw said. “If we just cut down on the errors, we can punch some of those in.”
Tuesday’s practice ended only after several simulated offensive drives. Coach Micah Mashburn demanded repeats of plays where mistakes were made, or if the ball carrier slowed up before the whistle blew.
“When they get tired, that’s when they bust,” Mashburn said. “That’s why we push them like we do.
“We just can’t be making mistakes like that, that’s really what it came down to.”
One of Comanche’s goals this week is to have no penalties in the red zone. Mashburn said Comanche could have problems with Frederick if the Indians don’t correct their mistakes.
“(Frederick) got better from week one to week two,” Mashburn said. “If they get better this week, we’re going to be in a dogfight all night.”