Coosa Christian must stop Panther rushers

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Spring Garden (3-0, 2-0) at Coosa Christian (0-3, 0-2)

Series record: Spring Garden 3, Coosa Chr. 3

Last meeting: 2009 Spring Garden 52, Coosa Chr. 34

Last week: Spring Garden 40, Valley Head 22; Cedar Bluff 62, Coosa Chr. 21

By Gene Stanley/Messenger Sports Correspondent

For the first time this season, Coosa Christian is facing a team that doesn’t feature the spread offense.

However, Spring Garden comes in with a fearsome rushing attack with two good runners and an “aggressive” offensive line.

“I’ve been keeping up with them a little,” Conquerors coach Van Owens said. “Both of their backs usually get around 20 or more rushes per game and that makes them hard to stop. You may stop them for a play or two, but then they’re liable to break a big run. We’ve got to be very fundamentally sound and not make too many mistakes.” 

Austin Mills’ face may be starting to show up as the face of the squad. Last week, the senior running back scored three times while rushing for 270 yards.

“We were able to generate some yards on the ground,” Owens said. “But we shot ourselves in the foot a few times, with penalties and turnovers that killed drives.

“And we had trouble stopping (Cedar Bluff). They have so many offensive weapons that you can’t stop them.”

Also against Cedar Bluff, Brandon Mills ran 19 times for 60 yards, while Austin Mills, Brandon Mills and Seth Williamson each had six tackles. 

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