JEFFERSONVILLE -- It’s a time of transition once again for Twiggs County, with the Cobras set for their fifth head coach in six years.
But adjusting to head coach Ashley Harden is being made easier with the Cobras’ offensive strategy.
Twiggs County will run the wing-T offense, a variation similar to what was used a year ago under head coach Dexter Copeland, who is now at Macon County.
The scheme isn’t the only degree of familiarity for the Cobras.
They also return their starting offensive backfield, led by fullback CJ Morse and halfback Ja’mon Height.
“It makes it easier for us; we already know what we have to do,” Height said.
And while there are different terminologies and small details that might be different from one style of the wing-T to another, Twiggs County is aided by not having to learn and adapt personnel to another type of offense. There is not an entirely new blocking scheme for offensive linemen to adjust to, and running backs are not being forced to adjust from a spread or pro-style offense to a wing-T.
“We have a good core group, and as the season goes on, they will be able to carry us like we need them to,” Harden said.
If Harden has his way, the Cobras will have a run-heavy attack. If the need to throw arises, Calvin Stephens will assume that responsibility, looking to a plethora of receiving options.
“If I am lucky, we’re throwing it seven or eight times a game. If I am unlucky, we’re throwing it 17 or 18 times,” Harden said. “We like to run the ball, but at the same time, we aren’t afraid to throw it.”
The adjustment hasn’t been limited to the field for Twiggs County. The Cobras’ senior class is adapting to playing for another new head coach, getting used to different ways of doing things.
But according to offensive lineman Neddrick Nichols, it didn’t take long for the players to shift gears.
“Adjusting to Coach Harden, it wasn’t that hard to adjust,” he said. “When he came in, he was preaching, ‘Commit to the Cobras.’ It said to us that he was committed to the Cobras.”
Time has helped. Summer workouts have laid out the opportunity for the Cobras to get used to their new coaching staff even more as they strive for the program’s first winning season since 2009.
“At first, it was tough for them, because they were trying to figure out who was in it for the long haul and concerned about them,” Harden said. “As the summer has gone on, it’s become a lot easier.”
ABOUT THE TWIGGS COUNTY COBRAS
Head coach: Ashley Harden (22-29 in five seasons overall; first season at Twiggs County).
Assistant coaches: Steve Spurley (defensive coordinator); Gerry Moore, George Sneed, Xavier Woods, Clyde Riggons .
Offensive scheme: Wing-T.
Defensive scheme: Multiple.
2014 record: 1-9.
Region: GHSA 7A-A.
Returning starters: Five on offense; five on defense.
Players to watch: CJ Morse (Sr., FB/LB); Neddrick Nichols (Sr., T/DE); Hunter Squires (Sr., DE); Ja’mon Height (Jr., RB/LB); Markesiyon Durham (Soph., NT/TE); Devonte Glover (Soph., LB); Calvin Jenkins (Sr., SB/DB); Levi Thompson (Jr., T); Nate Freeny (Jr., DL).
Sept. 4 at East Laurens
Sept. 11 at Dublin
Sept 18 at Lincoln County
Sept. 25 at Hancock Central
Oct. 2 Mount de Sales
Oct. 9 Wilkinson County
Oct. 16 at Stratford
Oct. 23 at Tattnall Square
Oct. 30 at FPD
Nov. 6 Region 7-A crossover