2017-10-11 / Sports

Let’s Get Physical!

Gaffney focused on being more physical
By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor

Heading into a near must-win game on Friday against Boiling Springs, Gaffney coach Dan Jones said he’s focusing on one area in particular where the Indians need to improve.

And that’s becoming a more physical football team.

Jones said the Indians need to become “a much more physical football team,” and they plan to emphasize “toughness.”

Jones acknowledged that his team might need to “be creative” to find ways to work on its physicality because of the inexperience and lack of size.

Dorman rushed for nearly 300 yards in a 42- 35 win over the Indians this past Friday.

Behind an offensive line that averaged 262 pounds, the Cavaliers dominated the line of scrimmage for the first three quarters.

The Indians were out-sized at every position on the line.

“We have Hunter Decker at 5-10, 225 pounds at defensive end and (Dorman) has a 6-6, 265-pound tight end,” Jones said. “We knew we would be outmanned because of the size but I was disappointed in our physicality. We got out-physicalled, and that’s not what I expected.”

The Indians start five sophomores on defense, who are still developing physically.

However, Jones said physical play is more of a mindset, not a body type.

“You have to play hard and play physical.”

Jones said the Indians can commit more players to stopping the run, but that will open up plays for the passing game.

Jones also said the Indians must do better in turnover margin.

Gaffney fumbled twice and threw an interception against the Cavs. Dorman, though, didn’t turn the ball over.

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