Miscues stalled a few of Harrison drives, especially in the first quarter, and once the defense made adjustments to Woodstock’s option offense, it began making stops.
The Hoyas focused more on the inconsistency factor this week in preparation for their home opener tonight against Alpharetta at Bruce Cobleigh Stadium. They also made themselves aware of Alpharetta’s passing game.
The Raiders have one of the top quarterbacks in the nation in Josh Dobbs, who has committed to Arizona State. Galbraith said Dobbs is just as capable scrambling for first down yardage as he is throwing the ball.
Dobbs has Vanderbilt-bound receiver Carlos Burse at his disposal, as well as Blake Rowlinson, who committed to Troy. Alpharetta is also coming off a tough loss to Milton, which could give the Raiders extra incentive.
Harrison’s defense was well-prepared against Woodstock’s option en route to a 21-16 win over the Wolverines. The Hoyas started plugging in running holes after falling behind 10-0, especially in the middle, and they held Woodstock to just one touchdown after the first quarter.
The Harrison defense will be facing a different challenge against Alpharetta.
“They got a real good quarterback who can throw really well,” Galbraith said. “That’s what everyone is talking about. They have an outstanding receiver (in Burse) and you have to figure out a way to slow them down a little bit. They’re going to make plays, but you don’t want them going crazy.”
Galbraith prefers Harrison to start fast offensively, as opposed to last week, and much of that had to do with mistakes that would kill drives. Woodstock scored twice before the Hoyas settled down. Harrison scored three unanswered touchdowns, all coming in the first half, to secure the win.
Chatham Carter, who led with 78 yards rushing, produced 60 of them on his first touchdown run of the season to put Harrison on the board. Quarterback Lorenzo, who threw for 113 yards last week, tossed a 15-yard strike to Drevon Jones in the second quarter.
“We weren’t consistent and that was expected in a first game,” Galbraith said. “We made a lot of mistakes that killed drives. We have to clean up some things to get better. The kids played hard when we got down early and we hung in there and fought back.”