News 25’s 25 Teams in 25 Days: Resurrection Catholic Eagles
It’s always good to have options and Resurrection Catholic is going to have a lot of them on offense this year.
The Eagles check in as stop number 18 on News 25’s 25 Teams in 25 Days, looking to turn what could have been a potential weakness into their greatest strength.
“It’s about taking what the defense gives you. It’s an offense that’s designed to take advantage of the defensive personnel or what the defensive alignment is and it’s all a numbers game and we’re trying to create numbers for us whether it be inside or outside.”
Inspired by the likes of the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen is Resurrection Catholic’s adaptation of the triple option flexbone offense. Head Coach Lavon Capers said, “You can go on YouTube and find anything you want, so we went through and pulled some video and watched some full game highlights of Army-Navy, to give them an idea of what it’s all about and the aggression that it takes to run it. A lot of people think it’s a passive offense, but it’s far from it.”
The Eagles started the playbook overhaul process in the spring as a way of catering to an offensive line that might be smaller than usual but gets off the ball exceptionally well.
After months of meticulous film study and long hours on the practice field, RCS is starting to feel like a well-oiled machine. Running back / outside linebacker Terrence Packer said, “It was definitely kind of like a nervous wreck in my mind at first, but then once we got in it and started actually doing it, it kind of eased out on me.”
Wide receiver/ defensive back Daniel Pickens said, “It’s a huge advantage because this is the first time running it in our division. Nobody has ever run it, and you’ve got to be able to take that whole entire week to study that one offense, and it’s very hard to learn that fast.”
Region 4 class 1A just got that much harder with the addition of Taylorsville, having won the 2A state crown three out of the last four years.
Resurrection is rising to the challenge with a four-member senior class of 2022 as well as 12 returning starters, many of which are two-way players. “It’s definitely a different atmosphere than it was last year. We definitely have some younger kids that will have to mold into the expectations that we have for them.”
“The biggest thing that we’re talking about this year is our aggression. We have to be more aggressive. We have to be more physical on the defensive side of the ball. We’ve got a lot of guys that are a year older that started last year. We played a lot of freshmen and sophomores last year, so a year older, a year stronger, a year faster. So we think we’re going to take care of a lot of that just from having some experience under our belts.”
This year’s crop of returning players certainly got the typical RCS experience in 2020 as a part of the program’s seventh straight non-losing season and its seventh straight post-season appearance.
The Eagles finished with an overall mark of 6-4, but lost four out of their last six games en route to a first round exit at the hands of Simmons. “Definitely whenever we had that COVID break, that kind of took us down a tad. We were in a good groove, going 3-0 for the first three games, and that kind of just set us back for a little minute. But we kind of got back into our groove towards the end.”
“Everybody wants to go to the state finals, obviously, but that Simmons game really hurt us, our seniors, that whole year we were working hard. You’ve got to beat COVID and you’ve got to beat football teams, it’s just having double trouble. And it was just really sad, but we’re here again.”
Now less than 72 hours away from Friday’s jamboree at Bay High, the Eagles are more than ready to wipe the slate clean on the strength of their new-look offense and a new found aggression. “I think anytime the kids throw the pads on, they always ask you two or three weeks beforehand, when can we hit, when can we hit? So, it puts a little bit of excitement in the air whenever you start getting after it a little bit.”
“Definitely a lot of motivation comes back because now we have to realize what we have to do now to get back to where we were a couple years ago.”
“Get in here every day, working hard, keeping God first, and just stay to the grind.”
RCS kicks off the regular season on August 27th at home against North Forrest.