Rome High Football

Rome High head coach Franco Perkins addresses his team on Friday. The Wolves, who made the AAAAA playoffs last fall, held their spring scrimmage on Friday. 

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The Rome High football team showed off some of what the coming season might look like on Friday night during the annual Red and Gold spring game. 

One of the biggest areas of improvement for the Wolves: defense. 

Head coach Franco Perkins said after the scrimmage that one of the key areas the Wolves were working on this year was to bring a more physical presence on the defensive side of the ball this coming season. 

“We felt like last year we were able to score a lot of points but we had a tough time getting off the field on defense,” he said. “We’ve got to get that attitude back of winning on defense. That’s the one thing we worked on all spring, just our toughness.”

There was plenty of offense to show off as well.

Quarterback Bo Tucker, who was under center for the Red squad this year, threw for one touchdown, connecting with rising senior Horace Booker, to help his team earn a 6-0 victory.

Booker also earned an interception on the day off Josh Perkins. Despite showing off some passing, Perkins said the Wolves will continue to feature a run-based offense. 

“With our running backs, we feel like we can move the ball. We had two rushers for over a thousand yards last year,” Perkins said.

“So we will continue to run the football and that will be our staple on offense.

“But we’ve got to be able to use that run and that play action pass a little bit more, and that’s something else we’ll work a lot this summer,” said Perkins.

With summer approaching, Perkins said it was great to get back on the field and see how his team is shaping up for August, when the season begins. 

“It was a good spring and the guys are excited,” he said.

“That was one of the things we wanted to do, we wanted to try and have fun and get better. We had a lot of young guys we had to figure out if they were going to be able to play or not.

“I think we found some guys that can help us,” Perkins said.