WINNSBORO — Coach Dan Dickerson sounded confident leading up to Friday and Richard Winn’s match-up with Cathedral Academy from Charleston.
After the Eagles performance last week against Charleston Collegiate, he has every reason to be.
The Eagles are coming off a 58-18 blowout win in which quarterback Gunnar Hensley put up 258 all-purpose yards. Coach Dickerson was pleased with Hensley’s play.
“Gunnar was our backup last year and starting this year for the first time at QB and last week was a good test for him,” Dickerson said Thursday. “That’s kind of what we expect from our QB, to extend plays, keep things alive with his feet and then throw the football. And he throws the ball well.”
It certainly doesn’t hurt that a talented quarterback is surrounded by a stable athletes who can catch the ball as well as run.
Coach Dickerson commented that “Webb Yongue and John Coleman are both returning from last year and had great seasons last year and we expect them to continue to do the same things they did last year.
“Both of them have great hands and good speed and they just like to play football,” Dickerson said.
Cathedral Academy has its work cut out for them. The Eagles have practiced hard to ensure they’re ready for Friday nights. The work has paid off and not just on the scoreboard.
“We talk a lot about, you don’t hydrate on Friday before the game. We start to hydrate on Wednesday. We condition a lot when it’s hot. Our practices…we run in practices and we condition a little after practice afterwards so our guys get used to practicing at game speed,” he said.
Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m. at Richard Winn Academy.