North Pulaski showed indications of an offense last Friday against the Pulaski Academy Bruins.
Although the Falcons (0-4, 0-1 5A-Central) suffered a 48-27 setback, the 27 points were the most scored thus far in the last two years. Last season, the most points North Pulaski accumulated was 16. The Falcons scored for the first time last week in a 50-6 loss at Pulaski Robinson.
“We did some good things and did some things better,” North Pulaski Coach Teodis Ingram said. “Each week, we are getting better.”
Ingram said the guys are playing and understanding better than last season. He feels that every Friday night, they are getting better which is important for them to be competitive down the stretch.
“We did better once we started running the ball,” Ingram said. “We are more physical on offense (than last year) and are running the ball more effectively and showed signs of an offense. There is a little bit of spunk.”
Four players scored for the Falcons with Fred Thomas, Steven Farrior, Darren Penn and David Jackson all reaching the end zone. North Pulaski’s goal each contest is to total over 100 yards rushing and have at least eight to nine players running the ball.
While the Falcons are improving, they are still making mistakes. For instance, Ingram said one of Pulaski Academy’s touchdowns came because the Falcons weren’t lined up right. He tries to get the guys in positions to make plays but sometimes blunders happen like blown assignments.
While North Pulaski wants to accomplish particular goals each game, the opponent also determines what the Falcons do. Each week, they also have to prepare for the strengths and weaknesses of the next foe. Friday, they travel to Little Rock Christian, who is 2-2 and lost last week to Sylvan Hills, 35-7.
“I’m very impressed with them,” Ingram said. “We can’t give up the big play, have to play smart and need to get to the fourth quarter.”