The Waxahachie Indians are starting to build momentum after winning their last two games.
This is the first time the team has won back-to-back games since they beat the same two teams, Dallas Carter and Terrell, in their second and third games last season.
Waxahachie is not only stringing together wins, but it is also stringing together yards with the offense playing much better as the season goes on.
“I thought we executed a lot better than we did the first two ball games,” Indians head coach David Ream said. “Our offensive line played a lot better and I think that allowed us to run the ball more efficiently.”
That offensive line shined in the Indians 48-10 victory over Terrell, in which they gained 323 rushing yards.
Ream credited the line’s size with creating room to run.
“We blocked better, we outweighed them by a good chunk so we could manhandle them up front,” Ream said. “I think we’re coming together. It’s going to take a little while to mesh completely like we need to, but we’re getting there.”
But Waxahachie did damage through the air too.
“We made some big plays receiving. Quinn (Sargent) and Terrance (Hawkins) had good games receiving,” Ream said. “And I thought Don (King III) threw the ball well. Offensively we were a lot better than we were the first two games.”
The coach says his offense is all about finding a balance to keep opponents guessing.
“We want to try and be as balanced as possible. Not necessarily 50/50 balance, but we want to be effective both ways,” Ream said. “We script the first series so we can see put in different formations and see how they are going to adjust to those formations after that we can choose what we’re looking for. It just so happened that we could take advantage of their secondary some.”
But the offense isn’t the only thing shinning for the Indians as the defense had its best game of the season last week as well. But Ream has high expectations as that unit continues to improve.
“We only gave up 240 yards. We played a lot better, but we still gave up a couple impact plays,” Ream said. “Those 20-yarders. We need to cut down on that.”
While the offense and defense are clicking, special teams continues to be the achilles heal of this team. Opponents’s average starting position is near the 50-yard line and the team missed two extra points and a field goal against Terrell.
“Our kicking game was pretty atrocious so that is something we’ve worked on this week,” Ream said. “It’s not like we can go out and sign a new kicker like they can in the NFL. We knew (freshman kicker Kevin Clark) was going to struggle a little bit, he’s a 15-year old freshman playing on a big level, but he’s coming along and is getting more comfortable out there.”
Ream credits his coaching staff on the improvement he has seen in his team so far.
“I think the coaching staff is going a good job of putting them in a position where they can be successful,” Ream said. “I think the more confident they are the more physical they can be. They are learning now and the kids are adjusting, but they are just feeling comfortable in their skin.”
The team overall is getting healthy as Ream expects all, but one player to be ready for Friday night against Red Oak.
“(Starting fullback) Hayden Howell looked like he sprained an ankle yesterday,” Ream said. “So we have a couple other fullbacks we want to work with in that spot if he’s unable to go in that game.”
Howell is a game-time decision.
Ream added that after the first win in district that this team is right where it needs to be.
“This is a big stretch for us,” Ream said. “These first three or four ball games we really have to play well because once you get to Corsicana and (Mesquite) Poteet they are the district favorites and these other guys are the same level as us.”
Waxahachie and Red Oak kickoff at 7:30 p.m.