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Sacred Heart hosts Slaughter Charter for homecoming

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By: TRACEY
JAGNEAUX
Sports Editor

Even with their 70-22 pasting of North Central this past Friday, Sacred Heart head coach Josh Harper is still not satisfied with the play of his offense.
“We just did not play a clean game offensively against North Central,” stated Harper. “That probably sounds weird to say considering that we put up 70 points, but to me it was a weird game all around.”
“Even though we led 49-6 at the half, the majority of those points came from the defense scoring,” he continued. “We are still having trouble making the calls up front and missing blocks and assignments. At this point in the season, we should not still be doing that. It’s like we never really got into a good offensive rhythm.”
Harper pointed to the first three offensive series for the Trojans in the game as an example. In those three series, Sacred Heart was forced to punt once and turned the ball over on downs in another. Altogether, the Trojans accumulated 307 total yards of offense in the game.
“The coaching staff and myself talked about it after the game,” said Harper. “We believe that the starting offensive line that we had at the beginning of the season was probably the best combination we have had all year long.”
“What we tried to do as the season progressed was give some guys opportunities to play that had proven themselves in practice,” he continued. “We thought that would be perfect to spell some of the players that went both ways. But, we may have to change things up and go back to the original five guys that started the year. I don’t know if maybe we have been getting too complacent.”
Still, a win is a win and with that win, Sacred Heart improved to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in district play. The Trojans rest at No. 9 in the power point ranks and Harper knows that in order for his club to continue moving up, winning out is an important factor.
“Each week is big for us in terms of power points,” commented Harper. “We know that every win gives us a chance to improve on our spot in the playoffs. How we finish the season will go a long way as to where we fall when the final power ratings comes out.”
Tomorrow night, the Trojans get the opportunity to continue putting numbers in the win column as they host Slaughter Charter for homecoming. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The Knights come into the game with an overall record of 2-8 and are 2-1 in district competition.
“Slaughter does not have the athletes that North Central does, but looks like a better organized team,” said Harper. “They run a five man front on defense, so they have seven in the box. I figure if we can be successful running the ball against them, we should be good the rest of the year.”

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