Avoiding the trap: Fairmont focusing on turnover-prone Gators

First Posted: 10/28/2010

FAIRMONT Even though the Fairmont Golden Tornadoes won’t believe it and say they have had this contest circled since the beginning of summer camp it’s still a trap game.
A contest like this can be define when one team (Fairmont) is looking past their current opponent (East Columbus) towards the one they will be playing the next week (St. Pauls).
The Golden Tornadoes and Bulldogs are set to clash Nov. 5 in St. Pauls with the conference title possibly on the line.
“We’ve had a good week of work so far, but we’re not talking about St. Pauls,” Wood said. “Our kids have circled this game (with East Columbus) more than the coaches have. We just are taking it one game at a time.”
In the beginning of the season, it appeared as if the Golden Tornadoes and Gators were on course to clash for the Three Rivers Conference title, but something happened along the way.
After opening the league schedule with a win against in-county rival West Columbus, East Columbus has dropped two straight, including to previously winless Red Springs.
“I think they have turned the ball over too much,” Fairmont coach Keith Wood said about the Gators. “I think they are the scariest team in the conference.”
Wood said despite East Columbus’ 3-6 overall record and 1-2 mark in the conference, his team will have to take advantage of any miscue the Gators give them.
“We work on the strip drill once a week,” Wood said. “We can’t think they will turn it over because they have been beating themselves all year. We are just waiting for them to explode.”
While the Gators have been trying to get on the right side of the scoreboard in conference play, the Golden Tornadoes picked the right time to put things together. Fairmont has won its last three games and is tied for the TRC lead with St. Pauls at 3-0.
“We’re getting better,” Wood said. “Our offensive line struggled in the beginning of the year. We worked on our pass blocking during the bye week and they are getting better. It doesn’t matter if you have all the athletes in the world, if the offensive line isn’t blocking, then it doesn’t matter.”
As the line has started to gel, the offensive stars have begun to shine for Fairmont. Tyreke and Juwan Addison have combined to scored 13 touchdowns in the three conference victories.
“Tyreke brings quickness and speed to the backfield and can find the holes and make something out of nothing,” Wood said. “Juwan is a great athlete and has done a good job helping out on defense. We have moved him to outside receiver because he has a knack for the ball.”
In other action Friday night, Lumberton visits Scotland, Purnell Swett travels to Hoke, Red Springs plays host to South Robeson and St. Pauls heads to West Columbus.

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