PLAS preps for Chambers Academy’s ‘old school offense’

Published 10:25 pm Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Once upon a time, the Wing T dominated the football world. But those days are long gone.

The number of teams that run the ground-oriented attack have dwindled, but Pike Liberal Art’s pre-season opponent, Chambers Academy, has the old school offense mastered.

Pike Lib head coach Gene Allen said the offense can produce problems for opposing defenses.

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“Not a lot of people run it anymore,” said Allen. “You don’t see it to often, and you have to work with your defensive linemen and linebackers to read the guards, because they will take you to the football.”

Pike spent the majority of the summer competing in 7-on-7 competitions, but have had to change its mind set as the season draws near.

The grind-it-out style played by Chambers, and the Patriots’ week one opponent Morgan Academy, is far different than the passing attacks from the summer competitions.

“They aren’t that concerned with big plays,” Allen said. “They are both pretty good at picking up a couple yards at a time. We just have to be ready for a physical football game on Friday.

Pike and Chambers are 5-5 all time officially, though they haven’t met in a regular-season game since 1993.

PLAS is playing the scrimmage game earlier than most teams, which gives them more to prepare for the season-opening contests on Aug. 30.

“We will find things to work on after Friday,” Allen said. “We haven’t had long to look at what they will run, but we will get a good game on Friday. We will get to shake the rust off early.”

Chambers Academy and Pike Liberal Arts will meet at Dewight Ward Field at Delaney Kervin Stadium at 4 p.m. Friday.