Chickasaws travel to Marion Friday

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Coming off a 40-0 defeat at the hands of one Crittenden County team, the West Memphis Blue Devils, last Friday, Ben Fisher’s Blytheville Chickasaws (1-1) will travel back to Crittenden County this coming Friday to play the Marion Patriots.

The Patriots (0-2) will be looking for their first victory on the year, after falling to Chicks rival, the Wynne Yellowjackets, 24-20, in week one and then suffering a 49-42 loss on the road in week two against the Jackson Indians. The Patriots also made it into the 6A state playoffs last season, but lost to El Dorado, 38-6, in the first round.

“Marion will be big, physical and fast on defense. They run a little bit of a different defense than West Memphis,” said Fisher. “West Memphis ran the 4-3 with four down linemen and (Marion) runs three down linemen (3-4) and that’s just how they’re built. They’ve got more skilled kids, than lineman-type kids.”

Fisher also mentioned that teams are going to load the box until the Chickasaws can show they can and will throw the ball.

“It’ll be tough sledding again, until we can figure out how to throw and catch the ball a little bit better; the teams are going to load the box up on us like that,” said Fisher. “We’ve been working on it, O-line has been working on pass pro and ‘PWee’ (Jaheim Carter) and Jackson (Howard) have been working on getting the ball out a little bit quicker. We are going to cut the field in half for them, so they don’t have to read the whole field; they’re only going to have to read half the field. So just little things we are going to do help our passing game.”

Fisher says for the Chicks to have a better chance, they’re going to have to contain Patriots senior quarterback Jacob Green, who is coming off a torn LCL last season in week one against the Yellowjackets.

“We are going to have to stop their quarterback,” says Fisher. “He runs the ball well, he throws the ball well. He sits back there and waits until the last minute and spins out of pressure and then can run for 40 yards. So we are going to have to contain that guy and keep him from making the big plays.”

Patriots head coach Jed Davis said earlier in the year that you couldn’t tell about Green’s LCL tear.

With the Patriots being bigger than the Chicks, Fisher says the only problem will be conditioning with going up against a 6A school but they still have to go out and play them.

“The only way that will be a factor is conditioning,” says Fisher. “ We still have to go out and play the game, we scheduled them so we are going to go play them. We are still going to go play them no matter if its West Memphis, Marion, Wynne, Batesville or Forrest City.”