That’s the dilemma that Walker is facing in preparation when it hosts Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy in a 7 p.m. contest tonight. The Warriors had to forfeit both of their games this season against North Cobb Christian and Out Lady of Mercy due to equipment issues.
According to first-year Walker coach John East, SACA appears to have its equipment issues revolved. As of last Friday, East said he got word that SACA’s shoulder pads have arrived and helmets are in transit, which means its highly unlikely the Wolverines will get a free victory. But they are certainly favored to win against the Warriors, who have won only two games in the last two seasons.
Film or no film, East will have his team prepared.
“One of the things I know (through coaching), I can have film on teams and prep on them all week long and they will do something completely different,” East said. “I believe that you have to be ready for anything and everything. What’s really important for us is focusing on what we do.”
And that is building his own program at Walker, the thing he was hired to do. His roster numbers have nearly doubled from 30 to 53, which will help prevent players from playing both ways full time.
One of East’s major projects is having his players master the multiple offense.
Another major project is installing the multiple offense. An admirer of Bill Walsh, Jimmy Johnson and Nick Saban, East has thrived on balancing the running game and passing game, and said having Walker become more muli-dimensional is one of his bigger projects heading into the third week.
East already has the running game intact with senior and four-year starter Evan Kasian, who is coming off a 277-yard effort and four-touchdown performance in a 54-14 win over North Cobb Christian.
It’s a matter of tweaking Walker’s passing game with Cameron Bloebaum under center.
The Wolverines rushed for 211 yards in their 30-14 victory over Temple to begin the season but passed for only 50. The numbers were even more lopsided in Walker’s 50-14 win over North Cobb Christian with 419 yards on the ground and just 52 yards in the air.
“It’s more of a timing thing and the QB is doing a great job,” East said. We just now have to bring it to the point where we connect the dots. There’s one thing I do know, the ball moves a lot faster in the air than anyone who can run. If you open up the passing, you open up the running game.”
While Bloebaum has yet to reach the 100-yard mark in passing, he does have three touchdown passes.