Lassiter sees Wheeler’s strides
by Adam Carrington
acarrington@mdjonline.com
October 25, 2012 11:19 PM | 1699 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
09-07-12 --Pope at Wheeler 24-- Receiver Emanuel Beal catches his second touchdown of the game during the first half of Wheeler's game against Pope High School on Friday. STAFF/JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN
09-07-12 --Pope at Wheeler 24-- Receiver Emanuel Beal catches his second touchdown of the game during the first half of Wheeler's game against Pope High School on Friday. STAFF/JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN
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Lassiter is in control of Region 5AAAAAA, but the 10th-ranked Trojans need to remind themselves occasionally that they need to settle down and play football.

The Trojans can be known for making a rash mistakes wither early or late in games and bail themselves out. Now that they are coming into the final games of the regular season, they prefer not to make mistakes at all.

With Wheeler visiting Frank Fillmann Stadium tonight, Lassiter is focusing on playing four quarters of football. The Trojans have seen Wheeler’s resume.

The Wildcats (4-3, 1-3) are on the outside looking in for a postseason spot, but they nearly upset returning state finalist Walton last week and lost a heartbreaker to Etowah in their region opener.

“They could be 6-1 right now had they finished against Walton and Etowah,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said. “They have our attention. They are believing they can win and are playing for their playoff lives. If they lose to us, that might put them out (of contention).”

Lassiter trailed Mitlon by 10 at halftime before rallying to beat the Eagles 47-30. Lassiter was unable to obtain good field position in the first half. The Trojans also had a turnover and an unsuccessful fake punt in the first half.

But the Trojans successfully made adjustments during halftime and would finish the game scoring on their final six possessions — scoring 41 points in the last 26 minutes of the game.

Quarterback Eddie Printz, who has committed to Missouri completed 35 of 47 pass attempts and threw for a career-high 420 yards and four touchdowns — 273 of those yards came in the second half.

“We want to get off to a better start,” Irwin said. “Most of the year, we’ve got off to a better start and have finished games strong. If we can finish strong and get off to a better start this week…”

Wheeler has been successful in playing a “bend but don’t break” defense and have forced a lot of turnovers, Wheeler coach Mike Collins said. Its primary concern has been finishing drives.

Wheeler fell 24-23 to Walton after holding a 23-10 second-half lead. When the Raiders started gaining in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats were unable to put a successful drive together. They went three-and-out in their final attempt to add to their lead with a false start penalty sandwiched in between.

“Walton has great playmakers, and we had a miscue or two down the stretch,” Collins said. “Closing games always comes down to two or three plays.”

Wheeler is also aware that it can’t settle for J.D. Barron field goals. The Wildcats had to settle for three field goals in the second quarter before increasing their lead over Walton in the third quarter on a Devontae Jackson 20-yard run.

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