BIG HORN — After a 55-point output to start their season, the Big Horn Rams will look to find thier groove in week two at Newcastle.
Starting 1-0 last week in their 55-25 home victory over Greybull, Big Horn showed signs of the coach Michael McGuire and QB Connor McCafferty-led offense that put up those gaudy numbers in 2012.
For now, they’re focused on their first road trip. McGuire said Newcastle (0-1), who fell 26-22 to Lusk last week, presents many challenges.
“Offensively they run the ball well and have gotten some big plays in the passing game this year,” he said. “They use a lot of misdirection so we must be very disciplined and read our keys defensively. Their inside LB’s are very good, we must find a way to get them blocked.”
One strain for the Rams last week was the heat exhaustion that the team experienced in the second half. The mid-day game on turf sidelined many players with cramps.
“All of our guys that were affected by the heat Friday are back and have practiced all week,” McGuire said.
After his breakout game Friday when he racked up more than 100 yards on the ground and a score, freshman Nolan McCafferty will be out this week with a non-heat related injury.
Senior runner Colter Carzoli will likely carry the load, and with weapons like wideout Christian Mayer, McCafferty (five total TDs last week) should have plenty to work with.
Otherwise, the Rams are keying on common fixes for teams working through early-season football.
“We have really focused on being disciplined this week,” McGuire said.
The Rams had 10 penalties for 85 yards in the first half against Greybull. The first quarter spanned nearly an hour due to stoppages. “Last week we had too many guys doing their own thing,” he continued.
“We had too many turnovers and penalties last week so we’ve got to improve in those areas. Our special teams have got to improve this week as well.”
Big Horn plays in Newcastle at 6 p.m. Friday.