Drew Simon

New Brockton running Drew Simon (20) exploded for 293 yards rushing against Zion Chapel last week.

After picking up their first win of the season, the New Brockton Gamecocks (1-2, 1-1) will now hit the road for the first time against Class 2A Region 3 opponent Central Hayneville Lions (2-1, 1-1) this Friday night.

The once downtrodden Lions have already won more games in 2017 under new head coach Quinn Hambrite, than Central Hayneville won in the previous two seasons combined.

Not only are the Lions winning but they’re putting up a ton of points and New Brockton coach Justin Jones called the Central Hayneville offense “scary.”

“(Central) Hayneville is very, very athletic and they’re coached a lot better than they have been in years past,” Jones said of the new look Lions. “Coach Hambrite does a great job and they’ve put a lot of points on the board in three games.

It’s going to be a task defensively for us to keep their offense at bay. They’re a very scary offense.”

The Lions racked up 62 points against Calhoun last week and 40 against Zion Chapel the previous week. In the season opening loss to Bullock County, Central Hayneville scored its fewest points so far this season, and still managed 34 in that game.

Jones said that the Gamecocks would have to do a great job of preparation for the Lions high-powered offense.

“We have to do a great job in preparation for that offense,” Jones said. “I used to see something on the wall everyday when I was playing that said, ‘The will to win means nothing, the will to prepare to win means everything.’

“We have to have the will to prepare the right way this week to have success on Friday night.”

On offense, New Brockton used both senior Caleb Griffin and freshman Colton Marsh at quarterback against Zion Chapel. With starting quarterback Dalton Adkison still questionable with an injury, that rotation will likely continue.

Jones said the focus this week in practice would be on the Gamecocks improving overall as a team to be more consistent.

“We have to be more physical upfront, more sound in the secondary and better in the kicking game,” Jones emphasized. “Every aspect of the game we have to get better at, just making us better as a team. We want to become a more solid football team where everybody can depend on each other and keep this thing rolling in the right direction.”

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