Osborne: Indians far from pushovers

Ohatchee (0-4, 0-3) at Westbrook (2-2, 1-2)
Last week’s results: Westbrook 45, West End 20; Woodland 34, Ohatchee 12
2012 result: Westbrook 31, Ohatchee 18
Series record: Westbrook leads 4-3

By Gene Stanley/Sports Correspondent

Don’t look for an 0-4-football team when Ohatchee High hits the field tonight (Sept 27) in Rainbow City.

Instead, watch a good team that had a very tough early schedule that included games against White Plains, Fultondale, Ranburne and Woodland.

“(Ohatchee) has good skill players, good size and a lot of talent,” Westbrook coach Tony Osborne said. “Beating them won’t be as easy as the record would indicate. If they hadn’t played such a schedule, they could be undefeated right now.”

There’s a definite change of styles in this game, as Ohatchee puts seven in the box defensively, trying to make teams beat them by throwing the ball – something Westbrook likes to do anyway.

“I hope it works to our advantage,” Osborne said. “We’ve got to figure out how to make plays to spread them out so we can run.”

With Westbrook’s spread offense, getting the Indians to commit outside the box should not be an issue.

Last week against West End, Will Appleton was 13-of-25 in passing for 273 yards and three touchdowns. Noah Hunt caught five passes for 136 yards.

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