Roberts finding confidence in passing game
Passes don’t always have to be those long bombs; there is something to be gained by just completing any pass when teams think you aren’t going to throw the ball.
Over the first three weeks of the season, Ike’s passing attack has been spotty to say the least.
However, last Friday, the Eagles were able to complete 12 of 22 passes for 144 yards against a good Lawton High defense and that fact had the Eagles in an upbeat mood when they gathered for Tuesday’s practice.
“We didn’t get many of those long bombs but the passes we completed really helped get the offense going,” Ike head coach Eric Gibson said. “We’ve been spending a great deal of time on our passing offense and it’s starting to pay off. Guys like (Bryan) Crittendon and (Noah) Hoskins really helped make the offense better last week against Lawton High. Teams are going to try and pack the middle to stop our offense and if we can keep hitting those short routes it’s going to make our offense much better.”
All of those passes were thrown by senior quarterback Ethan Roberts, who has been locked in a good battle with Conner Collins for the starting job. Last week against Choctaw they split time, with Roberts playing most of the first half and Collins playing the second half.