And its defense has really stepped up in the last game.
But the Eagles (1-5, 1-1) seem to turn the ball over at inopportune times this season, and its one of the bigger reasons why they’ve only won one game this season going into tonight’s game at home against Fellowship Christian.
Its season isn’t in jeopardy. Mount Paran will be facing a Paladin team that’s also won only one game. A win tonight will give the Eagles a winning record in their subregion before facing Mount Pisgah Christian on the road and an undefeated Walker team at home to end the season.
If the Eagles want to get to the postseason, however, they must hold on to the football.
“If only we can limit our turnovers to one or two or zero,” Mount Paran coach Mitch Jordan said. “We’ve been preaching all season on ball security and trying to protect the football. We still put it on the ground too many times.”
The Eagles had a chance to win in their 14-3 loss to Whitefield Academy last Friday, but turned the ball over four times. They also turned the ball over five times in their previous loss to Trion on Sept. 23.
Against the Wolfpack, Mount Paran had little problem getting the ball to Whitefield’s side of the field. The Eagles were inside the Whitefield 10-yard line on two different occasions in the second half but couldn’t finish. They turned the ball over on
drives on their first attempt and threw an interception on their second.
We’re basically doing ball security drills and working on carrying the ball high and tight,” Jordan said. “We’re trying to stress it when we see it as well. We’re also working on making good decisions when throwing the football and not putting our quarterback in bad positions late in the game.”
Finishing drives is just as important to Mount Paran during these next three games, and the Eagles may look at film on their only win of the year, a
28-13 victory over King’s Ridge on Oct. 6 to see what they had done right.
They found the end zone three times in that game with Dallas Kepler, Kyle Trammel and Ian Berryman accounting for rushing touchdowns. Another silver lining for Mount Paran is its defense stepping up in its last three games, not giving up more than 14 points against Trion, King’s Ridge and Whitefield.
“I will say that the kids are in good spirits and the coaches are in good spirits,” Jordan said. “We’re hoping everything comes together (tonight).”