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FOOTBALL: Gordon Lee hoping to dish out more ground-and-pound to Armuchee

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The Gordon Lee Trojans rushed for 356 yards in a season-opening 33-7 win at LFO, and racked up 236 yards on the ground in a 25-13 home victory over Coahulla Creek last Friday night.

This week's opponent, the Armuchee Indians, gave up 288 yards on the ground to Trion in a season-opening 43-6 loss, and allowed 316 yards in the first half to Adairsville last week, getting burned on scoring runs of 37, 43, 60, and 90 yards.

In other words, this is probably not the week the Trojans will switch over to the old Houston Cougars circa-1990 version of the run-and-shoot.

"The running game is where we start everything," GL head coach Charlie Wiggins explained. "If we have to do some different things later in the game, then we'll do them, but our plan is to do what we do and adapt as we need to."

And that means run the football. The Trojans got a 20-carry, 216-yard performance from senior Zack Cobb against LFO, but found a more balanced ground game against Coahulla Creek last Friday. Cobb picked up 99 yards and 16 carries, while Hunter Teeters ran 10 times for 82 yards as the Trojans moved to 2-0 for the first time since 2005.

The Gordon Lee defense has also had its moments to shine in the early part of the season. The Trojans held LFO to one first down in the second half, and they gave up just 34 yards rushing to the Colts on 22 carries. Gordon Lee picked off two passes last week, one of which Jake Rogers returned for a touchdown, while three more bounced right off defenders' hands.

"Any good team makes their own breaks sometimes, but you also have to have a little help.," Wiggins said. "Last week, we finally got going late in the first half when (Dalton) Owens blocked the punt and we scored just before halftime. We need to come out with that type of desire from the very start and not come out flat. We have to start the game playing like it's our last drive."

The numbers haven't been to kind the Indians in their first two outings. They ran the ball 31 times for just 79 yards against Trion, although they did pick up 135 yards in the air, and save for one sustained touchdown drive against Adairsville, they found little to write home about last week.

However, Wiggins said the score of Armuchee's games are a bit deceiving.

"They played Trion really well," he said. "If they don't give up four turnovers, including twice inside the 5-yard line, that all Trion turned into points, then that game may have been different. They have improved and improved a lot since last year. They are definitely someone that we ought to be taking very seriously."

Preston Cash's Tribe have gone back to a triple-option look that the team hasn't run in the past three years. Quarterback Brett Cordele will direct the offense, while Austin Gurley and Brandon New are the two main running backs. Gurley scored the lone TD against Trion on a 34-yard run.

"They will run the veer, the counter, all that type of stuff," Wiggins said. "Defensively, they run a 3-3 similar to LFO. They are big in some places and pretty athletic in others, so it should be a good test for us. Even though they are 0-2, they have played two pretty good teams. We just have to take care of ourselves and not put ourselves in situations that can hurt us as a team."

Armuchee leads the all-time series, 20-19-1, but Gordon Lee has claimed the last three meetings. The Trojans won last year, 25-7. It was the first time the two teams had met since the 2003 season.