New Hope football team will play game Saturday

October 9, 2009 9:28:00 AM

Adam Minichino - [email protected]


There''s not much routine about a three-hour, 200-mile trip for a high school football game. 


So when you change a season''s worth of plans and move the date for that trip back a date, there are bound to be problems. 


Coach Michael Bradley and the New Hope High School Trojans will hope to avoid those potential pitfalls at 5 p.m. Saturday when they take on Class 5A, Region 1, District 2 rival Lake Cormorant. 


The game was originally scheduled for 7 tonight, but Bradley said he received a call Thursday morning from Lake Cormorant informing him the game was being moved to Saturday. 


"We''re going to try to keep things as normal as possible," Bradley said. "It throws everything off, but we have got to play when we can. The weather is not cooperating this year." 


There is a 60 percent chance of rain tonight in the Lake Cormorant area. The forecast also calls for thunderstorms and wind. 


How that weather will affect the field condition remains to be seen, but Bradley is concerned about getting his team back on the field after a 35-8 loss to district rival West Point last week. 


Bradley said the Trojans (4-1, 1-1 district) have had a good week of practice, but he isn''t sure what that means. He said the team had one of its best weeks of practice leading up to the West Point game but it didn''t translate to the field. 


"West Point played really well," Bradley said. "West Point had a lot to do with how we played. But it is just one game. The season wouldn''t have been over if we had won, and the season isn''t not over with that we lost."Bradley said it will be imperative for the Trojans to correct mistakes and to change things from the West Point game. In particular, he wants better blocking and better all-around play. 


"West Point played more physically than we did," Bradley said. "They hit us and they had a game plan and their coaches did an outstanding job putting together that game plan. They did a better job executing and being physical. They did a better job of dictating the tempo of the game." 


Bradley said New Hope can do a better job dictating things on offense if it improves its blocking. He said the Trojans need to do a better job up front to protect quarterback Zak Thrasher, who was sacked four times in the first half last week. He also said Thrasher has to stay in the pocket when there isn''t any pressure and deliver the football. 


"Our backs and linemen have to get better maintaining our blocks and we have to do a better job creating opportunities to score," Bradley said. "We have to develop an attitude that blocking is very important. If we don''t develop an attitude that blocking is important we''re going to be in trouble." 


Lake Cormorant is 3-3 and 1-1 in the district. The first-year school, which is between Tunica and Memphis, Tenn., is coming off a 19-15 victory last week against Indianola Gentry. It also lost to Hernando 14-7 in district play. 


West Point beat Indianola Gentry 39-20 on Sept. 25. 


Adam Minichino is the Sports Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.